“The Banks of Mullen Stream”

Author: Sandy Grattan of Tabusintac (Manny/Wilson)
Earliest date: 1958 (Manny/Wilson)
Keywords: lumbering injury moniker horse
Found in: Canada(Mar)


Sandy Grattan sings about the camp "for the firm of Edward Sinclair On the banks of Mullen Stream." The crew and driving team are named. George Amos breaks a leg under a rolling log, showing that "In the woods you're facing danger As great as in the War"

Supplemental text

Banks of Mullen Stream, The
  Partial text(s)

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From Louise Manny and James Reginald Wilson, Songs of Miramichi,
#4, pp. 54-58. From the singing of Perley Hare, Strathadam, 1948.

My name is Sandy Grattan,
  Good grammar I am lacking
But excuse mistakes and listen
  To these few lines I sing
About our cam & camp's crew
  That I have lately come to
For the firm of Edward Sinclair,
  On the banks of Mullen Stream.

(20 additional stanzas)


Manny/Wilson: "The lumber operation probably took place between 1914 and 1920." Note the reference to World War I. - BS

This is a very peculiar song, probably indicating closeness to the original version. The scansion is weak, and the rhyme scheme defective. In most of the 8-line stanzas, the only rhymes are between lines 1 and 2 and between lines 5 and 6, and even this is violated on occasion -- including the first verse, though in dialect it might work. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Manny/Wilson 4, "The Banks of Mullen Stream" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST MaWi004 (Partial)
  3. Roud #9205
  4. BI, MaWi004