The Potlatch Fair 1. I ben Swensky fallin' bucker And I worked in the woods about two years, And I go down to Vancouver Yust to look on the Potlatch Fair. 2. I bought me a bottle of Campbell River And I yumped on the boat 'bout half-past six Dere I meet t'ree hundred loggers All goin' down to get teeth fixed. 3. I come down to Vancouver And I look for place to eat Dere I meet all dem Svensky fallers All down on Powell Street. 4. And it's up in the High Lead yust for fun, And dere I meet one big fat girl She slapped me on the back and said, "How d'ye do, Nels?" 5. And I look around, feelin' so funny, I never see that girl before, But I bein' foxy say, "Hallo, Tilly! Will you come and have a drink?" 6. Ve had a drink of yicky yinger Then we start into dance and sing, And I tell all them Svensky fallers Yust to pay for the whole darn thing. 7. Then ve drink some more yin and visky, And I get up on a chair and I say, "Everybody make for yolly! That's the style to make her pay!" 8. And I was a-ridin' out in a nice blue vagon, Up to the city, Judge to see, The judge say, "Pay me fifty dollars, Ole, You've been on an awful spree." 9. So I pay the yudge the fifty dollars All the money that I had For Svensky faller, no good luck And he's feelin' mighty bad. 10. I go down to the Skid Road And I hired out there And I yumped on the old Cowichan for T'urlow Island And to hell vith the Potlatch Fair! - from the singing of Capt. Bill Hall. PJT Coll 369. A "potlatch" is a west coast native ceremony in which prestige is gained in the band through the giving away of goods and property. The loggers' "potlatch fair" occurs when loggers who are "stakey" (carrying lots of money after a period in the bush) go down to Vancouver to have a spree, where they also give it all away. JB apr97
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