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The Harbour Grace Excursion (Johnny Burke) MIDI
See also: Excursion Around The Bay (Great Big Sea)
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It was on last Monday morning
and the day being calm and fine,
For the Harbour Grace Excursion
with the boys to have a time;
And just before the sailors
put the gangway on the pier,
I saw some fellow haul my wife
on board of the Volunteer.

Oh me, oh my, I heard my poor wife cry,
Oh me, oh my, I'm half afraid I'll die;
Oh me, oh my, I heard the creature say,
I wish I never came on this excursion to the bay.

We had full two hundred souls on board,
oh, what a splendid sight -
And Matt Strong in regimentals
for to make our spirits light;
Sure meself was in the double
from the funny things he'd say,
They will choke themselves from laughing
when they see him in the bay.

Oh me, oh my, I heard my poor wife cry,
Oh me, oh my, I'm half afraid I'll die;
Oh me, oh my, I heard the creature say,
I wish I never came on this excursion to the bay.

Oh, the creature got no better,
oh, my wife, my darling dear,
And the screeches from yours truly
you could hear in Carbonear;
I tried every place in Harbour Grace,
searched every store and shop,
To get her something for a cure
to take her to the hop.

Oh me, oh my, I heard my poor wife cry,
Oh me, oh my, I'm half afraid I'll die;
Oh me, oh my, I heard the creature say,
I wish I never came on this excursion to the bay.

Oh, she died below the Brandies
as we were coming back,
I buried her in the ocean
wrapped up in the Union Jack;
And now I am a single man
in search of a pretty face,
And the girl that says she'll have me,
faix we're off for Harbour Grace.

Oh me, oh my, I heard my poor wife cry,
Oh me, oh my, I'm half afraid I'll die;
Oh me, oh my, I heard the creature say,
I wish I never came on this excursion to the bay.

####.... Johnny Burke of St John's, NL [1851-1930] ....####
Published in Burke's Ballads, p.57, c.1960, compiled by John White and archived at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Libraries, Centre For Newfoundland Studies - Digitized Books collection.

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