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Donkey Riding


Chorus:


Way hey and away we go
Donkey riding, donkey riding
Way hey and away we go
Ridin' on a donkey.


Was you ever in Quebec
Launchin' timber on the deck?
Where ya break yer bleedin' neck
Ridin' on a donkey!


Chorus


Was you ever 'round Cape Horn
Where the weather's never warm?
Wished to God you'd never been born
Ridin' on a donkey.


Chorus


Was you ever in Miramichi
Where ye tie up to a tree,
An' the girls sit on yer knee?
Ridin' on a donkey


Chorus


Was you ever in Fortune Bay
See the girls all shout, "Hooray!"?
"Here comes dad with ten weeks pay
Riding on a donkey."


Chorus


Was you ever in Fredericton
See the King he does come down?
See the King in his golden crown
Riding on a donkey


Chorus


When I'm Up (I Can't Get Down)


I am the fountain of affection
I'm the instrument of joy
And to keep the good times rolling
I'm the boy, I'm the boy,
You know the world could be our oyster,
You just put your trust in me,
Cause we'll keep the good times rolling
Wait and see, wait and see....oh wait and see!


His exhaltation, And a sweet disintegration.
A few discolorations, when it comes along
You know up is why he chooses, the kisses and the bruises
There ain't nothing he refuses, then it comes along
It comes along, and I am lifted, I am lifted, I am lifted!


Chorus:


When I'm up I can't get down
Can't get down, can't get level
When I'm up I can't get down
Get my feet back on the ground
When I'm up I can't get down
Can't get down, can't get level
When I'm up I can't get down
Get my feet back on the ground


He just needs, something to blind him
Something to wind him up
It won't take long to find him
When it comes on strong.


Wise guys are grinning, and the street lights are spinning
Oh, the night is just beginning, and then it comes on strong
It comes on strong, and I am lifted, I am lifted, I am lifted!


Chorus


Oh it comes on strong, and I am lifted.
And it comes on strong, and I am lifted.
I am lifted, I am lifted!


Chorus 3x


Everything Shines


Hey, come this May we'll be running in the sun again.
Your time will come.
You're just a young broken heart.
Been out sleeping in the yard.
How could you be so dumb?


All we losers stand in line just waiting for our time.
Broken angel take that plane and finger paint the sky until everything shines
Everything shines (3x)


Hey broken clock,
Haven't heard your old tick tocking man for much too long.
And the lonely jukebox
In the corner of the nightclub man I need your song(I need your song).


And, all we losers stand in line just waiting for our time.
Broken angel take that plane and finger paint the sky until everything shines
Everything shines (3x)

And, all we losers stand in line just waiting for our time.
Broken angel take that plane and finger paint the sky until everything shines
Everything shines (3x)


Goin Up


Well come gather all around me
There is something you should know
There's no place quite like this place
If we get it on the go


So, pile your boots up in the corner
Hang your jacket from the door
There's thirty people in the kitchen
And there's always room for more


Chorus:


oh-oh-oh, Come on now
Let's lock the world outside
oh-oh-oh, Come on I tell ya now
She's goin' up tonight


Well there'll be music all around you
You should see the way it feels
Come on off we go now
Heel and toe now
To the jigs and reels


'Cause somebody's got a fiddle
And someone else bought a guitar
And we got Bobby on the squeezebox
Grab a chair and mason jar


Chorus


There'll be smilin', there'll be laughin'
Well that's good enough for me
There'll be dancing all around you
This is where you wanna be


So pile your boots up in the corner
Hang your jacket from the door
There's thirty people in the kitchen
And there's always room, yeah there's always room


Chorus 2x


Boston and St. Johns


Girl don't tell me that it's morning
Can we keep the curtains drawn?
I haven't given you fair warning
But our ship, she sails at dawn


Chorus:

And it's true I must be going, but I swear I won't be long
There isn't that much ocean between Boston and St. John's
I'm a rover, and I'm bound to sail away
I'm a rover, can you love me anyway?


And if some suitor comes approaching
Will you let him through the door?
What if I return half broken
Will you still want me anymore?


Chorus


Close your eyes and dream and tell me what you see
Tell me what you want, just tell me that you'll wait for me
But oh, don't tell me that it's morning
Can we keep the curtains drawn?
I haven't given you fair warning
But our ship, she sails at dawn


Chorus


The Night Pat Murphy Died


Oh the night that Paddy Murphy died, is a night I'll never forget
Some of the boys got loaded drunk, and they ain't got sober yet;
Well, as long as a bottle was passed around every man was feelin' gay
O'Leary came with the bagpipes, some music for to play


Chorus:


That's how they showed their respect for Paddy Murphy
That's how they showed their honour and their pride.
They said it was a sin and shame and they winked at one another
And every drink in the place was full the night Pat Murphy died


As Mrs. Murphy sat in the corner pouring out her grief
Kelly and his gang came tearing down the street
They went into an empty room and a bottle of whiskey stole
They put the bottle with the corpse to keep that whiskey cold


Chorus


About two o'clock in the morning after emptyin' the jug
Doyle rolls up the ice box lid to see poor Paddy's mug
We fixed the clock so Mrs. Murphy couldn't tell the time
And at a quarter after two we argued it was nine


Chorus


They stopped the hearse outside Sundance Saloon
They all went in at half past eight and staggered out at noon
They went up to the graveyard, so holy and sublime
Found out when they got there, they'd left the corpse behind!


Chorus


Oh the night that Paddy Murphy died, is a night I'll never forget
Some of the boys got loaded drunk and they ain't been sober yet;
As long as a bottle was passed around every man was feelin' gay
O'Leary came with the bagpipes, some music for to play


Chorus


Consequence Free


Wouldn't it be great if no one ever got offended?
And wouldn't it be great to say what's really on your mind?
I have always said all the rules are made for bending,
And if I let my hair down, would that be such crime?


Chorus:


Oh, and I wanna be consequence free
And I wanna be where nothin' needs to matter
I wanna be consequence free
Just sing na na na na na ni ah ah na
Na na na na na ni ah ah na


I could really use to lose my Catholic conscience
‘Cause I getting sick of feeling guilty all the time
I won't abuse it, yeah, I've got the best intentions
For one more little bit of anarchy, but not the hurting kind


Chorus


Oh, I couldn't sleep at all last night
‘Cause I had so much on my mind
And, I'd like to leave it all behind
But you know it's not that easy
Oh but for just one night


Wouldn't it be great if the band never ended
We could stay out late and we would never hear last call
We wouldn't need to worry about approval or permission
We could, slip of the edge and never worry about the fall


Chorus


Whoa, Na na na na na ni ah ah na


Captain Wedderburn(Duet with Sarah Harmer)


A noblemen's fair daughter
Went down a narrow lane.
And met with Captain Wedderburn,
The keeper of the game
Now my pretty fair miss
If it wasn't for the law,
You and I in a bed might lie
Roll me over next to the wall
Roll me over next to the wall


Now, my dear good man
Do not be perplexed
Before that you might bed with me
You must answer questions six.
Six questions you will answer me,
And I will ask them all
And you and I in a bed might lie
Roll me over next to the wall
Roll me over next to the wall


Now, what is rounder than a ring,
And higher than the trees?
And what is worse than a woman's curse,
And what is deeper than the sea?
Which bird sings first, which one best?
Where does the dew first fall
And you and I in a bed might lie
Roll me over next to the wall
Roll me over next to the wall


The earth is rounder than a ring,
And heaven is higher than the trees,
The devil is worse than a woman's curse,
And hell in deeper than the sea
The lark sings first and the thrush sings best,
Earth is where the dew falls
And you and I in a bed must lie
Roll me over next to the wall
Roll me over next to the wall


He takes her by her lily-white hand
And leads her down the hall
And he takes her by her slender waist
For fear that she might fall
And he lays her on a bed of down
Without a doubt at all
And he and she lie in one bed
Roll me over next to the wall
And she and he lie in one bed
Roll me over next to the wall
Roll me over next to the wall
Roll me over next to the wall


The Old Black Rum


Chorus:


And the old black rum's got a hold on me
Like a dog wrapped round my leg
And the old black rum's got a hold on me
Will I live for another day?
Hey, Will I live for another day?


I drank sixteen doubles for the price of one
Trying to find the courage to talk to one
I asked her for a dance
Not a second glance
My night had just begun


Well I drink to the father or the holy ghost
I'm kneeling at the altar of my nightly post
So I'll raise a glass, not the first nor last
Come join me in this toast


Chorus


Well the queen of George street just is walking by
Walking on by with some guy who don't care
That she stood in line
Since half past nine
And spent three hours on her hair


Well her friend is looking at me with an evil grin
I think the bloody racket might soon begin
I must have said some thing
To the George street queen
The boys are joinin' in!


Chorus 2x


So I drank all of my money
And I slept out in the rain
Everyday is different but the nights they're all the same
You never see the sun on the old black rum
But I know I'm gonna do it again!


Chorus 2x


General Taylor


Well General Taylor gained the day
Walk him along, John, Carry him along
Well General Taylor he gained the day
Carry him to his buryin' ground


Chorus:


Tell me way, hey, you stormy
Walk him along, John, carry him along
Tel me way, hey, you stormy
Carry him to his buryin' ground


We'll dig his grave with a silver spade
Walk him along, John, Carry him along
His shroud of the finest silk will be made
Carry him to his buryin' ground


Chorus


We'll lower him down on a golden chain
Walk him along, John, Carry him along
On every inch we'll carve his name
Carry him to his buryin' ground


Chorus


Well, General Taylor he's all the go
Walk him along, John, Carry him along
He's gone where the stormy winds won't blow
Carry him to his buryin' ground


Chorus


Well, General Taylor he's dead and he's gone
Walk him along, John, Carry him along
Well General Taylor he's long dead and gone
Carry him to his buryin' ground


Chorus 2x


Lukey


Lukey's boat is painted green,
Ha, me boys!
Lukey's boat is painted green,
It's the prettiest boat that you've ever seen,
A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day!
A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day!


Lukey's boat's got a fine fore cuddy,
Ha, me boys!
Lukey's boat's got a fine fore cuddy,
And every seam is chinked with putty,
A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day!
A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day!


Well I says "Lukey the blinds are down"
Ha, me boys!
I says "Lukey the blinds are down"
"Me wife is dead and she's underground"
A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day!
A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day


Well I says Lukey "I don't care"
Ha, me boys!
I says Lukey "I don't care"
"I'll get me another in the spring of the year"
A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day!
A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day!


Ah, Lukey's rolling out his grub,
Ha, me boys!
Lukey's rolling out his grub,
One split pea, and a ten pound tub,
A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day!
A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day!


Great Big Sea hove in long beach
Ha, me boys!
Great Big Sea hove in long beach
And Granny Snook she's lost her speech.
A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day!
A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day!


Lukey's boat is painted green,
Ha, me boys!
Lukey's boat is painted green,
It's the prettiest boat that you've ever seen,
A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day!
A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day!
A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day!
A-ha, me boys a-riddle-i-day!


Feel It Turn


I had a dream I was moving forward
Floating gently to the sun
I Come to see my world rewarded
A new day has begun


Lost bird caught in a mid-migration
Far away to a foreign land
Offspring of a secret nation
A new day has begun


Chorus:


Well, I can see the earth below me
And I can feel it turn
Feel it turn
Feel it turn
Feel it turn


Fog lifts to reveal potential
For generations prophesied
Our growth to se exponential
The promise is finally realized


Chorus


Feel it turn
Across the sky
For the world it learns
So must I


Cut steel wired into water
Fixed links circumnavigate
Old men see your sons and daughters
No longer, no longer hesitate


Chorus


Feel it turn(repeat 'til fade)


I'm a Rover


Though the night be dark as dungeon, not a star to be seen above
I will be guided without a stumble, into the arms of me only love.
I went up to her bedroom window, kneeling gently upon a stone
I rapped on her bedroom window "My darling dear, do you lie alone"?


Chorus:


I'm a rover, seldom sober
I'm a rover of high degree
And when I'm drinking, I'm always thinking
How to gain my love's company.


She raised her head up from her feather pillow, raised her arms up around her breast,
Saying "Who's at me bedroom window, disturbing me at me long night's rest?
"It's only me, your own true lover, open the door and please let me in.
For I have come on a long night's journey. I am near drenched to the skin".


Chorus

She opened the door with the greatest pleasure, opened the door and she let me in
We both shook hands and embraced each other. ‘Til the morning we lay as one.
"Well now me love, I must go and leave you, though the mountains be high above
Well, I will climb them with greater pleasure that I have been with me only love".


Chorus 2x


Fast As I Can


From the first "Hello" you gave to me
I've done nothing else but smile
And I know you're in a hurry
But its gonna take a while.
So forgive me if we go slow,
But there's something I think you should know


Chorus:


I'm goin fast as I can, please don't make me rush
this feeling's coming on way too fast
I'll tell you all of the things that you'll never forget
But I'm not ready say, "I love you" yet
I'm not ready to say "I love you" yet.


Don't push me in too deep,
I've always been the fool who rushes in.
I know, you've got to take the pieces one-by-one
For you've got everything.
So forgive me if we take time.
But there's something thats been on my mind.


Chorus


Oh! There'll be times when I'm mistaken
Oh and there'll be times when we're gonna fight
But you needn't doubt we can work it out
BAd in time we'll get it right.
Oh, so forgive me if we go slow But there's something I think you should know...


Chorus 2x


Jack Hinks


Ah, when Jack comes ashore
He's got money galore
And he's seldom cut short of a job
He can dress now as well
As any can tell
With a good silver watch in his fob


Poor Jack in his life
Was ne'er paired with a wife
Though sometimes with lasses he links
He's a seafaring sailmate
Can gambol a caper
Grog drinking hero, Jack Hinks


When inclined for to spend
He walks with a friend
And with pleasure he sits himself down
He tips off his glass
And he winks at the lass
And he smiles if she happens to frown


And like a ramblin' true blue
When the rent becomes due
On the table the money he clinks
He's a seafaring sailmate
Can gambl a caper
Grog drinking hero, Jack Hinks


Bound home the other fall
We fell into a squall
Now the northermost head of Cape Freels
We were washed away
Without further delay
At the thought how my spirit it chills


We were bashed on the rocks
Like a hard hunted fox
Of death and destruction he thinks
He's a seafaring sailmate
Can gambol a caper
Grog drinking hero, Jack Hinks
Oh, Jack Hinks


Jack without fail
Was out in that same gale
Having drove across Bonavist Bay
Oh Neptune did sail
As he handed all sail
And he had his two spars cut away


Oh, but Providence kind it so eases the wind
And on sailors so constantly thinks
He saved
That seafaring sailmate
Can gambol a caper
That seafaring sailmate
Can gambol a caper
That seafaring sailmate
Can gambol a caper
Grog drinking hero, Jack Hinks


Mari-Mac


There's a neat little lass and her name is Mari Mac
Make no mistake, she's the girl I'm gonna track
Lot of other fellas try to get her on her back
But I'm thinking that they'll have to get up early


Chorus:


Mari Mac's mother's making Mari Mac marry me
My mother's making me marry Mari Mac
Well I'm going to marry Mari for when Mari's taking care of me
We'll all be feeling merry when I marry Mari Mac


Now Mari and her mother are an awful lot together
In fact you hardly see the one without the other
And people often wonder if it's Mari or her mother
Or both of them together I am courting


Chorus


Well up among the heather in the hills of Bonifee
Well I had a bonnie lass sitting on me knee
A bumble bee stung me right above me knee
Up among the heather in the hills of Benifee


Chorus


Well I said "Wee bonnie lassie, where you going to spend the day?"
She said "Among the heather in the hills of Benifee"
Where all the boys and girls are making out so free
Up among the heather in the hills of Benifee


Chorus


Well, the wedding's on Wednesday, everything's arranged
Soon her name will be changed to mine unless her mind be changed
And making the arrangements, I'm feeling quite deranged
Marriage is an awful undertaking


Chorus


Sure to be a grand affair, grander than a fair
Going to be a fork and plate for every man that's there
And I'll be a bugger if I don't get my share
If I don't we'll be very much mistaken


Chorus


There's a neat little lass and her name is Mari Mac
Make no mistake, she's the girl I'm gonna track
Lot of other fellas try to get up on her back
I'm thinking that they'll have to get up early


Chorus


Ordinary Day


I've got a smile on my face, and I've got four walls around me
I've got the sun in the sky, all the water surrounds me
I'll win now but sometimes I'll lose
I've been battered, but I never bruise... it's not so bad


Chorus:


And I say way-hey-hey, it's just an ordinary day
and it's all your state of mind
At the end of the day,
You've just got to say... it's all right.


Janie sings on the corner, what keeps her from dying
Let them say what they want, But she won't stop trying
She might stumble, if they push her around
She might fall, but she'll never lie down... it's not so bad.


Chorus


Cause in this beautiful life, there's always some sorrow
And It's a double edged knife, but there's always tomorrow
It's up to you now if you sink or swim,
Just keep the faith and you're ship will come in... it's not bad.


Chorus


Excursion Around The Bay


Well it was on this monday morning
And the day be calm and fine
A harbour grace excursion
With the boys who had the time
And just before the sailor
Took the gangway from the pier
I saw some fellow haul me wife
Aboard as a volunteer


Chorus:


Oh me, oh my, I heard me old wife cry
Oh me, oh my, I think I'm gonna die!
Oh me, oh my, I heard me old wife say,
"I wish I'd never taken this excursion around the bay"


We had fourteen hundred souls aboard, oh what a splendid sight!
Left stong and regimental to make our spirits bright
And meself being in the double, when a funny things they'd say
They choke themselves from laughing when they'd see us in the bay


Chorus


Me wife she got no better, she turned a sickly green
I fed her cake and candy, fat pork and kerosene
Castor Oil and sugar of candy, I rubbed pure oil on her face
And I said she'll be a dandy when we reaches Harbour Grace!


Chorus


My wife she got no better, my wife me darling dear
The screeches from her trollear could hear in Carbonear
I tried every place in Harbour Grace,
Tried every store and shop,
To get her something for a cure or take her to the hop


Chorus


She died below the brandy as we were coming back
We buried her in the ocean, wrapped up in a Union Jack
So now I am a single man, in search of a pretty face
And the woman that says she'll have me
I'm off for Harbour Grace!


Chorus 2x


Hanging Johnny


Oh, they call me Hanging Johnny
Away boys Away
But I never hanged nobody
And it's hang boys hang


Well first I hanged me mother
Away boys away
Me sister and me brother
And it's hang boys hang


Well next I hanged me Granny
Away boys away
Well I'd hang the Holy Family
And it's hang boys hang


Well I never hangs for money
Away boys away
It's just that hanging's so bloody funny
And it's hang boys hang


Oh, they call me Hanging Séanny
Away boys Away
But I never hanged nobody
And it's hang boys hang



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