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As Johnny Went Ploughin' (Ryan's Fancy) video
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As Johnny went ploughin' for Kearon one day,
The land it was hard, and the field it was lea,
In the month of November the weather was cold,
And Kearon himself for to plough was too old.
Laddie ten de i ay, laddie ten de i day.

Johnny went to the plough and took charge of the team,
Not being used to the engine, she went to the beam;
Well begorrah, says Johnny, if Kearon comes now,
And large drops of sweat fell from Johnny's broad brow .
Laddie ten de i ay, laddie ten de i day.

Johnny picked up an idea that he leave all and run,
But in turning around he saw Kearon had come;
Oh, Johnny, dear Johnny, take courage and try,
And in a strange place don't be any way shy.
Laddie ten de i ay, laddie ten de i day.

With a step like a major, Kearon walked to the plough,
I'll take her meself or you'll murder the team;
He lightened her up but the plough being a brute,
He lay in again in the cold outer loop.
Laddie ten de i ay, laddie ten de i day.

Johnny hauled on the lines and they took in the slack,
But the plough that got stuck got a push which he made;
Kearon cursed and he swore and he looked at the sun,
And Johnny he thought his last hour had come.
Laddie ten de i ay, laddie ten de i day.

Kearon went to give Johnny a bit of advice,
Telling him how the land could be treated so nice;
While rising the hill you must bend your backbone,
And shut your eyes tight when your striking a stone.
Laddie ten de i ay, laddie ten de i day.

Then down in the hollow be sure don't forget,
To raise up your arms and to straighten your neck;
And keep your feet building in starting the team,
One after the other or lest you stand still.
Laddie ten de i ay, laddie ten de i ay.

Well, Johnny took heed to what Kearon had said,
He ploughed all along for the whole of the day;
The sod it was wide and the ploughing was done,
And Johnny would laugh when he'd look at the sun.
Laddie ten de i ay, laddie ten de i ay.
Laddie ten de i ay, laddie ten de i ay.

####.... Lawrence Doyle [1847-1907] of Prince Edward Island ....####

This song was found in the Atlantic Maritimes in 1968 and published as When Johnny Went Plowing for Kearon by Edward D (Sandy) Ives (Drive Dull Care Away - Folksongs from Prince Edward Island, pp.191-193, 1999.

This variant was arranged and recorded by Ryan's Fancy (Songs From The Shows, trk#11, 2001, produced for CBC Television by Jack Kellum, and recorded at CBC Television Studios, St John's, NL).

Liner Notes Vocal - Fergus O'Byrne.
In this day and age of technological wizardry the art and industry of working the land with horse and plough is practiced by few. For those urbanites contemplating a return to rural life this song offers some sound advice - another gem from Prince Edward Island.

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