“Falling of the Pine”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1926 (Rickaby)
Keywords: recitation lumbering work logger nonballad
Found in: US(MW) Canada(Ont)


Speaker tells of working in lumber camps: "When daylight is a-breakin'/From our slumbers we awaken/When our breakfast we have taken/Our axes we will grind...And the woods we'll make to ring/By the falling of the pine"

Supplemental text

Falling of the Pine
  Partial text(s)

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The Falling of the Pine

From Franz Rickaby, Ballads and Songs of the Shanty-Boy
(1926), #17, pp. 82-84. From M. C. Dean of Virginia,

Come all young men a-wanting of courage bold undaunted,
Repair unto the shanties before your youth's decline.
The spectators they will ponder and gaze on you with wonder,
For your noise exceeds the thunder in the falling of the pine.

(6 additional stanzas)

Cross references



  1. Rickaby 17, "The Falling of the Pine" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Beck 10, "Falling of the Pine" (1 text)
  3. Dean, pp. 73-74, "The Falling of the Pine (Square Timber Logging)" (1 tet)
  4. Fowke-Lumbering #3, "The Falling of the Pine" (1 fragment, tune referenced)
  5. ST Be010 (Partial)
  6. Roud #4560
  7. BI, Be010