#03415
Coal Boat Song (Dick Nolan)

See also: The Coal Boat Song
(Stompin' Tom Connors)

Well, I left Cape Breton on a coal boat
For St John's, Newfoundland,
And I met a little gal named Sally,
Well, I took her by her little white hand;
She shook her little head and said, No way, Fred,
I won't go along with your plan,
You been workin' on the coal boat, b'y,
And you're nuttin' but a dirty old man.
Yeah, you been workin' on the coal boat, b'y,
And you're nuttin' but a dirty old man.

Well, I'm gonna quit the dirty coal boat,
I wanna live in Newfoundland,
I'll buy a suit and get married,
Put a ring upon your little white hand;
She nodded her head and said, Okay, Fred,
Sally went along with the plan,
But I'm still workin' on the coal boat, b'y,
And I'm nuttin' but a dirty old man.
Yes, I'm still workin' on the coal boat, b'y,
And I'm nuttin' but a dirty old man.

It was sometime later on the coal boat,
I got a little letter from home,
Sally said, Freddy was a good boy,
But the little devil wanted to roam;
She said, too bad he's got you for a dad,
I hope that you feel real grand,
He's gone working on the coal boat, b'y,
To be just like his dirty old man.
Yeah, he's gone working on the coal boat, b'y,
To be just like his dirty old man.

So come all you fellows on the coal boat,
I hope you're gonna understand,
If you got a little pretty little girlfriend
And ya take her by the little white hand;
If she turns her back and says, No way, Jack,
I won't go along with yer plan,
Just keep workin' on the coal boat, b'y,
If ya wants to be a dirty old man.
Yeah, just keep workin' on the coal boat, b'y,
If ya wants to be a dirty old man.

####.... Charles Thomas "Stompin' Tom" Connors [1936-2013] in Saint John, New Brunswick ....####
Originally recorded by Stompin' Tom Connors (side 'B' of Big Joe Mufferaw, 1970, 45-rpm, 7-inch vinyl, produced by Jury Krytiuk and manufactured by Dominion, Toronto, Ontario).

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This variant recorded by Dick Nolan (Happy Newfoundlanders, trk#2, 1973 LP, produced by Jack Feeney, RCA Records, Toronto, Ontario).

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