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Canaday-I-O (2) Come all ye jolly fellows, How would you like to go And spend the winter in the woods Of Canaday-I-O? We're go-ing up to Canaday Is what we young men say, And going up to Canada Depends upon the pay. It's "Sure we'll pay good wages We'll pay your passage out But you must sign the papers That you will stay the route. "But if you should get homesick And say back home you'll go We will not pay your passage From Canaday-I-O" We had a pleasant journey The route we had to go Then we landed in Three Rivers in Canaday-I-O. O, then the Norcross agent He come a-prowlin' round And said, "My jolly fellows Why don't you all lay down?" Our food the dohs would bark at Our beds were in the snow, We suffered worse than poison there In Canaday-I-O. From Folk Songs of Old New England, Linscott Collected from Sam Young, ME, 1889 note: It is said to have been composed by Ephraim Braley...about 1854. The song is based on an older lovesong, Caledonia, first printed in 1800 in "The Caledonian Garland" (notes from Linscott, summarized RG) DT #377 Laws C17 RG apr96
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