“Alec's Lament”

Author: Alec Shea
Earliest date: 1982 (Ives-DullCare)
Keywords: prison drink humorous police emigration home

Description

".. ye jolly bootleggers and you who handle brew: Beware of Howard Foley." Tignish was a town for fun but with Foley as policeman and Albert Knox as jail-keeper it's no place for a drinker. "I'll have to leave the village and go to some foreign land"

Notes

Ives-DullCare: "The song was written about 1960, and it adds to the fun to know that at that time the Tignish jail was nothing more than a tiny renovated shoemaker's shop."

Tignish is near the north west corner of Prince County, Prince Edward Island. - BS

References

  1. Ives-DullCare, pp. 217, 241, "Alec's Lament" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #14001
  3. BI, IvDC217