“The Lake of the Caogama”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1964 (Fowke)
Keywords: logger work lumbering hardtimes
Found in: Canada(Que)


"Oh, now we're leaving home, me boys, to Ottawa we're goin', Expectin' yo be hired, and yet we do not know." The singer hires with Tom Patterson, and spends his time in a comfortless shanty eating bad food. He misses the girls and looks forward to leaving


Typical shantyboy complaint song. Lake Caogama (pronounced keg-a-ma) was a lumber camp on the northern shore of the Ottawa River. - SL


  1. Fowke-Lumbering #24, "The Lake of the Caogama" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Fowke/MacMillan 21, "The Lake of the Caogama" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #4534
  4. BI, FowL24