MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Torbay Ramblers
Performed by Jack Houlihan Accession # 78-054 NFLD 1 Tape 3A Track 5
Community: Flatrock Audio:
Genre: Newfoundland ballad / naming  

Transcription

Male voice: (speaks) Alright let 'er go.

(speaks, clearing his throat) I suppose that won't be on it now. Makes for a good spit anyhow.

Come all ye Torbay ramblers I hope you'll fall in line
And hear about the buckoes saying Millertown for mine
The first to leave was big Jim Finn the boy from Gallows Cove ridge
He was in a terrible hurry when he knocked down Donovan's bridge

And now boys we are working on the bridge that's been broke down
No higher situation today in Millertown

There's Izer and Squaw Hollet all in their mansion grand
She says when Frank comes home the fall he'll stick up like a man
He'll hug her and embrace her and in her arms entwine
And no more will he say to her old Millertown for mine

Now it is for Skipper Jim Martin all night he lay awake
He thought that he was logging in on Victoria Lake
He got up in the morning the day had been rather fine
He shook his fist at Rose saying Millertown for mine

Said Skipper Jim to Rose, "Let you shut up your lip
While me and the young Moulton goes on the second trip"
They put their clothes bags on the car and they tied 'em up with line
The only words I hear them say was Millertown for mine

Mike Quigley and Paddy Martin put their lines upon the reel
Went down and took Tom Ruby away from poor Jim Wheels
They brought him to the station and put it in his mind
The only words I heard him say was Millertown for mine

There's Tom Miller and the Squid Hound them you want to know
When Sammy Torn hauled up the boats saying go ye beggars go
Jim White come down the clapper just like a roaring lion
With his clothes bag on his back saying Millertown for mine

There's Harry Cole and Bobby, oh, likewise Billy Maggs
Texas Tom and Sammy and all the lumbering jacks
Mike Quigley he was there before and with them will combine
And no more will he say to them oh Millertown for mine

It being on one pleasant morning the day being fine to see
Said Harry Cole to Bobby we'll carry this load of fish
He brought it down to Graves got one Quintal out of nine
Said Harry Cole to Bobby old Millertown for mine

Now Meg Gosse is in the … Nell is all alone
She says her heart is breaking if ever he comes home
But when our boys they do come home in the good old Christmas time
We'll … saying Millertown for mine

 

Sources:

History:   Newfoundland song. This is one of several songs that references Torbay, a coastal community just a few miles north of St. John's.

Text notes: A moniker song that names folks from Millertown, southeast of Buchans.  

Tune notes: An abab phrase pattern in 4/4 metre.

 

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