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Hard, Hard Times 1. Come all you good people, I'll sing you a song, About the poor people, how they get along, They start in the spring, finish up in the fall And when it's all over, you've got nothing at all. Chorus And it's hard, hard times! 2. You start with your jigger first thing in the spring Across the gunn'el you'll make the line sing Perhaps lose your jigger, get froze with the cold And that's how you start to go in the hole. 3. When so much fish is caught, then it's put out to dry The next is the trouble to keep off the flies It's buzz all around, more trouble for you, [To keep off the maggots, it's more than you'll do] And then comes the sun, and it's all split in two. 4. And then comes the schooner, go get your supplies, A good price this summer, just make it good, boys! Seven dollars for large, six-fifty for small Get out your west indie, you get nothing at all. 5. And then comes the carpenter to build you a house He'll build it so snug you can scarce find a mouse With holes in the roof and the rain it will pour The chimney will smoke and it's open the door. 6. Next comes the parson, or so I've been told Each Sunday he says that he'll save your poor soul He'll give you a blessing, or maybe a curse Put his hands in your pockets and take out your purse. 7. Then comes the doctor, the worst of them all Saying, "What's been the matter with you all the fall?" He says that he'll cure you of all your disease. When your money he's got, you can die if you please. 8. The best thing to do is to work with a will And when it's all over, you're hauled on the hill, You're hauled on the hill and way down in the cold And when it's all over, you're still in the hole! - from Penguin Book of Canadian Folk Songs JB apr96
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