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The Badger Drive 1. There is one class of men in this country That never is mentioned in song And now since their trade is advancing, They'll come out on top before long. They say that our sailors have danger And likewise our warriors bold, But there's none know the life of a driver What he suffers in hardship and cold. Chorus With their pike-poles and peavies and bateaus and all And they're sure to drive out in the spring, that's the time With their caulks in their boots as they get on the logs And it's hard to get over their time. 2. Billy Dorothy he is the manager And he's a good man at the trade And when he's around seeking drivers He's like a train going downgrade But still he's a man that's kindhearted On his word you can always depend And there's never a man that works with him But likes to go with him again. 3. I tell you today, home in London, The Times it is read by each man, But little they think of the fellows The drove the wood on Mary Ann. For paper is made out of pulpwood And many things more you may know And long may our men live to drive it Upon Paymeoch and Tomjoe. 4. The drive it is just below Badger And everything is working grand With a jolly good crew of picked drivers And Ronald Kelley in command. For Ronald is boss on the river And I tell you he's a man that's alive He drove the wood off Victoria Now he's out on the main river drive. 5. So now to conclude and to finish I hope that ye all will agree In wishing success to all [old?] Badger And the A.N.D. Company And long may they live for to flourish And continue to chop, drive and roll, And long may the business be managed By Mr. Dorothy and Mr. Cole. written by John Devine; rec. Alan Mills, "Folk Songs of Newfoundland" JB apr96
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