#03282
Harry, Joe And Jim (Gerald S Doyle)
(Sung to the air: Johnny Fill Up The Barrel)

When Harry agreed to build a boat,
Saba! Saba!
When Harry agreed to build a boat,
To me high ro dee.
When Harry agreed to build a boat,
'Twas better for him he'd cut his throat,
Oh ro cruel men, Harry, Joe and Jim.

'Twas up to Rocky Brook we went,
Saba! Saba!
'Twas up to Rocky Brook we went,
To me high ro dee.
'Twas up to Rocky Brook we went,
To build a boat was our intent,
Oh ro cruel men, Harry, Joe and Jim.

The charity house in the bottom of the sound,
Saba! Saba!
The charity house in the bottom of the sound,
To me high ro dee.
The charity house in the bottom of the sound,
A better thing could not be found,
Oh ro cruel men, Harry, Joe and Jim.

Martin Dewling was the best,
Saba! Saba!
Martin Dewling was the best,
To me high ro dee.
Martin Dewling was the best,
He done more work than all the rest,
To me hi, ro, cruel men, Harry, Joe and Jim.

They built the scaffold up so high,
Saba! Saba!
They built the scaffold up so high,
To me high ro dee.
They built the scaffold up so high,
Old Fox fell down and broke his thigh,
To me hi, ro, cruel men, Harry, Joe and Jim.

When the spars were stuck on end,
Saba! Saba!
When the spars were stuck on end,
To me hi ro dee.
When the spars were stuck on end,
'Twas maggoty flour for two pound ten.
And it's oh ro cruel men, Harry, Joe and Jim

####.... Author unknown. Original Newfoundland song ....####
Published by Gerald S Doyle in Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland: Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers, First edition, pp.27 and 29, 1927.

Gerald S Doyle noted:
As will be seen, this song is set in an entirely different measure from most of the old time verses. It is a "come all ye" in the fullest sense of the term, and is published here principally as an illustration of its unusual rhythm. We have been unable to discover who the writer was, or even who Harry, Joe and Jim might be; possibly they existed only in the poet's imagination. In any event we are sure that the song will be enjoyed by our readers. It is said to have been very popular forty or fifty years ago (c.1877-1887).

GEST found in the notes written by Bert Riggs in the Archives and Special Collections of the Queen Elizabeth II Library at Memorial University, St John's, NL, in a small collection of poetry by Rose M Sullivan, the title, "Harry, Joe and Jim". Whether these are the same lyrics or they were written by Rose M Sullivan remains to be seen, but it is the only reference available as of this writing. Re: Rose M Sullivan papers MF-302, 1993, 1.0 Poems, 1.01.01.003 "Harry, Joe and Jim" deposited by P Derrick Bowring.



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