MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Jimmy Bruisse's Pig
Ernest Poole NFLD 1 Tape 17A Track 2
Cape Ray Audio:
Ballad / Comic Musical notation available

Male voice: (speaks) Take it…take that in your hand

Leach: No, No I'll hold it…just sing

There's a-

(speaks) No, ah, that's wrong

I'll sing you a little ditty it's something like a jig
Concerning Jimmy Bruisse and his hard-headed pig
The pig that made him savage the pig that made him sin
The pig that caused the trouble among Jimmy Bruisse's friends

Twas in the spring he bought the pig as you may understand
And for a place to build a sty he does it on his land
He build it nice and comfortable and it was plenty big
And therefore there was lots of room for Jimmy Bruisse's pig

He had this pig about a month when everything went well
He thought he was the richest man that lived in Carter's Well
Until one sad and fateful night when Jim was fast asleep
The little piggie did get out and got down in the deep

When Bruisse woke next morning straight to the sty did go
When he got there the pig was gone but where he did not know
He searched all round the neighbourhood but no trace could he find
He said his pig was in the sty that night at half past nine

The news was soon round that Bruisse's pig was gone
Some thought he was drownded into some brook or pond
While Jim had gone for the rangers he made himself so big
He told Ranger Walters that someone stole his pig

He searched from the eastern channel right up to the Army hill
And everybody that he'd meet the story he would tell
He seemed to be downhearted his eyes they were so big
He was looking for the devil that come and stole his pig

All in a fool and confusion while -

Searched all down the Army hill until his heart got sore
He made a raid on Bill Hann's house and almost broke the door
He walked right in the dining room he made himself so big
He thought he had the devil that came and stole his pig

All in a fool and confusion while Jim was gone to look
John Tom White took his old boat and rowed up in the brook
He was rowing along so comfortable and whistling of a Jig
And the first thing he bumped into was Jimmy Bruisse's pig

"Oh well well well," cried John Tom White, "and what have I got now
Is it a helephant a bulldog or a cow
Whatever it may be me boys it's not so very big."
And when they come to figure it out it was Jimmy Bruisse's pig

There's one more thing I'd like to say before I'm to a close
I only sings this to my friends and friends I really knows
Cause if poor Bruisse finds it out twill be just too bad you see
He'll go and get the rangers and send them alter me

And now my song is to an end it's the best that I can do
l never told you a single lie but every word is true
My song may not be popular and the words may not be big
It was all about Jimmy Bruisse and his hard-headed pig


Notes

Sources:

History: Newfoundland song. Jimmy Bruisse (or Bruiser) appears again in Aunt Jemima's Goat, as sung by Mrs. Peter Mushrow, also of Cape Ray.

Text notes: The singer describe's Jimmy's intrusive search for his lost pig.

Tune notes: While the lyrics claim the song is "something like a jig," the metre of this performance is not that of a jig, but 4/4. The melody is in a major key like most comic songs and the phrase reptition pattern is abb'ca.

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