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Me Unemployment Boots (Wilson Jacobs) video
#2297: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
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Of all the boots that I have worn,
there's no so snug and fit,
As me ol' green unemployment boots,
I've seen no better yet;
For huntin' moose, or cuttin' wood,
or troutin' 'round the pond,
There is no better boot, me son,
I wear them all year long.

They're fit for every season
with worsted socks inside,
When scuffin' through the tuckamore
they're just as tough as hide;
But every now and then, you know,
you'd get a hole or two,
And ya put the black boot patchin' on
and they're just as good as new.

When traipsin' 'cross the bogs
and barr'ns, they never slip or slide,
Well I tie me socks on to me strings
to keep them up inside;
I had plans for the Olympics,
for they call me Mister Slick,
'Twas the kinda boot Ben Johnson wore
before they made him quit.

Me unemployment boots,
they're good for 'wear and tear',
The boots that keep me goin'
when I'm layed off every year;
There's always lots of things to do
while waitin' for me cheque,
Without those boots to take me 'round,
I could never be so slick.

And checkin' on me rabbit slips
one early winter morn,
I just grabbed one of father's boots
'cause one of mine was torn;
But little headway could I make
till I found to my surprise,
I had two 'left' boots that kept
me slewin' to the starboard side.

And going to a wedding once,
just getting home from work,
I donned my suit with shirt and tie
and headed for the church;
When I got there the whole darn bunch
just laughed until they cried,
For there was I in me rubber boots
and me pants-legs tucked inside.

Me unemployment boots,
they're good for 'wear and tear',
The boots that keep me goin'
when I'm layed off every year;
There's always lots of things to do
while waitin' for me cheque,
Without those boots to take me 'round,
I could never be so slick.

A-hunting in the fall one time
up on ol' Birchy Ridge,
We had to get a moose, me son,
to put into the fridge;
Me brother and I we started out,
the morning bright and clear,
With brand new boots upon me feet,
I was spritely as a deer.

And treading on so quietly
we did not make a sound,
But we did not see ol' Mister Moose
a-lyin' on the ground;
And jumping from a windfall there
which hid him from our sight,
I hooked me boot into his horns,
oh, what an awful fright.

He had me caught up in his rack
and leaped up to his feet,
Me brother was standing frozen stiff,
was whiter than a sheet;
The moose, he charged across the bog,
I was hangin' by me boot;
And, like a sling when the rubber stretched,
through the treetops I did shoot.

I landed in the tuckamore,
the gun still in me hands,
Well I couldn't see to take a shot,
and off the creature ran;
I pulled me rubber boots up tight
and shot off like a hound,
Well I had me tags onto that moose,
before I shot him down.

Me unemployment boots,
they're good for 'wear and tear',
The boots that keep me goin'
when I'm layed off every year;
There's always lots of things to do
while waitin' for me cheque,
Without those boots to take me 'round,
I could never be so slick.

Me brother was in a state of shock,
he'll never more sleep sound,
He claims he saw, that early fall,
white lightning on the ground;
He thought it was a forest fire
and so he was concerned,
'Twas those unemploment boots,
I said, you smelt the rubber burn.

Me unemployment boots,
they're good for 'wear and tear',
The boots that keep me goin'
when I'm layed off every year;
There's always lots of things to do
while waitin' for me cheque,
Without those boots to take me 'round,
I could never be so slick.
Without those boots to take me 'round,
I could never be so slick.

####.... Wilson Jacobs ©2009. Performing rights administered by SOCAN. All rights reserved ....####
Recorded by Wilson Jacobs (Tribute To Labrador, trk#1, 2009 CD, recorded at Craig Young's Studio, Paradise, NL, engineered and produced by Craig Young, manufactured by MMS Atlantic, St. John's, NL).

From Wikipedia:
Ben Johnson [Benjamin Sinclair "Ben" Johnson, Member of the Order of Canada (CM), Member of the Order of Ontario (OOnt), born December 30, 1961 in Falmouth, Jamaica] - former sprinter from Canada, who enjoyed a high-profile career during most of the 1980s, winning two Olympic bronze medals and an Olympic gold, which was subsequently rescinded. He set consecutive 100 metre world records at the 1987 World Championships in Athletics and the 1988 Summer Olympics, but he was disqualified for doping, losing the Olympic title and both records.

From the Dictionary of Newfoundland English:
Tuckamore - also tuckamil, tucken-more, tuckermel, tuckermill, tuckermore; small stunted evergreen tree with gnarled spreading roots, forming closely matted ground-cover on the barrens; also collectively, low stunted vegetation; scrub.

From the Peakery:
Birchy Ridge - 248 metre (813 ft) mountain peak near Deer Lake, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Based on peakery data, it ranks as the 407th highest mountain in Newfoundland and Labrador and the 12402nd highest mountain in Canada (subject to change).

From the Oxford Dictionary:
Worsted - fine smooth yarn spun from combed long-staple wool; fabric made from worsted yarn, having a close-textured surface with no nap; a yarn weight category. From Worstead, the name of a parish in Norfolk, England.



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