“Driving Saw-Logs on the Plover”

Author: William N. Allen ("Shan T. Boy")
Earliest date: 1926 (Rickaby); reportedly composed 1873
Keywords: work logger mother separation money
Found in: US(MW) Canada(Ont)

Description

A mother bids farewell to her shanty-boy son on the banks of the Plover. She blesses him, but warns him that "Driving saw-logs on the Plover, You'll never get your pay." Eventually Johnny returns, having been driven from the camp without his pay

Notes

Sung to a variant of the tune "Tramps and Hawkers/Paddy West."

This song is item dC29 in Laws's Appendix II. - RBW- RBW

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References

  1. Rickaby 20, "Driving Saw-Logs on the Plover" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Fowke-Lumbering #60, "Driving Saw-Logs on the Plover" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Sandburg, pp. 396-397, "Driving Saw-Logs on the Plover" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. DT, SAWLOGPL*
  5. Roud #2797
  6. BI, San396