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The Lumberjack Song (Collected by MacEdward Leach) w/lyrics
Come all you hardy lumberjacks throughout old Newfoundland,
Come give me your attention, list' to a shanty man;
On the banks of old Red Indian Lake where the rapid waters flow,
Oh, we'll range those wild woods o'er as a-lumbering we'll go.
The music of our burnished axe will make the woods resound,
And many a tall and stately pine comes tumbling to the ground;
At night around our shanty fires we'll sing while rude winds blow,
Oh, we'll range the wild woods o'er as a-lumbering we'll go.
####.... Author unknown. Original Newfoundland lumber camp song ....####
Collected in 1951 from Michael Murphy of Trepassey, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).
From Wikipedia: Red Indian Lake is located in the western interior of the island of Newfoundland in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The downstream end of the lake drains out into the Exploits River that winds its way through the interior of the island eventually exiting into the Atlantic Ocean through the Bay of Exploits.
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