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Lumberman's Alphabet (OT2003-3001-004)



A is for axes you very well know
And B is for boy [unintelligible] them also
C is for chopping you now first begin
and D is for danger you're oftentimes in

F is for foremans ahead of the gang
And E is for [Farrington hesistates, asks MacArthur to "say the alphabet," tape cuts]
E is for echos that through the wood rang
And F is for foreman ahead of the gang
And G is for grindstones which swiftly flies round
And H is for handles so smooth and so sound

So merry so merry so merry are we
No mortals on earth are as happy as we
Sing hi derry ho derry hi derry down
A shantyman's [unintelligible] and nothing goes wrong

I is for iron our axes was [unintelligible]
J is for jolly boys all in a line
K is for keen as your axes did keep
And L is for lice that kept us from sleep

[Harrington asks MacArthur for the next letter, "M"]
M is for mice that loves cheese
And N is for noise we made with great ease
O is for owls that swoop [stumbles] hoot in the night
P is for pines which always fell right

Q is for quarreling we would not allow
And U is for use we put ourself to
R is for rivers we drove the logs through
S is sleds so stout and so strong
And T is for teams that haul them along

U is for use we put ourself to
V is for valley we [unintelligible]
W's for woods we left in the spring
And now I've sung all I'm going to sing

Dublin Core

Title

Lumberman's Alphabet (OT2003-3001-004)

Alternative Title

Woodsman's Alphabet

Description

Song excerpted from audio recording OT2003-3001, part of VFC2003-0007 Margaret MacArthur Collection.

Source

Margaret MacArthur Collection -- VFC2003-0007. Vermont Folklife Center Archive, Vermont Folklife Center, Middlebury, Vermont, United States of America.

Date Created

1961-09-27

Contributor

Language

en

Identifier

VFC2003-0007 OT2003-3001-00

Rights Holder

Vermont Folklife Center

Song Item Type Metadata

Local Title

Lumberman's Alphabet

Standard Title

The Lumberman's Alphabet

Standard Title Reference

Folk Music Index (http://www.ibiblio.org/folkindex)

Transcription

A is for axes you very well know
And B is for boy [unintelligible] them also
C is for chopping you now first begin
and D is for danger you're oftentimes in

F is for foremans ahead of the gang
And E is for [Farrington hesistates, asks MacArthur to "say the alphabet," tape cuts]
E is for echos that through the wood rang
And F is for foreman ahead of the gang
And G is for grindstones which swiftly flies round
And H is for handles so smooth and so sound

So merry so merry so merry are we
No mortals on earth are as happy as we
Sing hi derry ho derry hi derry down
A shantyman's [unintelligible] and nothing goes wrong

I is for iron our axes was [unintelligible]
J is for jolly boys all in a line
K is for keen as your axes did keep
And L is for lice that kept us from sleep

[Harrington asks MacArthur for the next letter, "M"]
M is for mice that loves cheese
And N is for noise we made with great ease
O is for owls that swoop [stumbles] hoot in the night
P is for pines which always fell right

Q is for quarreling we would not allow
And U is for use we put ourself to
R is for rivers we drove the logs through
S is sleds so stout and so strong
And T is for teams that haul them along

U is for use we put ourself to
V is for valley we [unintelligible]
W's for woods we left in the spring
And now I've sung all I'm going to sing

Location

Duration

2:26

Citation

Farrington, James, “Lumberman's Alphabet (OT2003-3001-004),” Vermont Folklife Center Digital Collections, accessed August 17, 2022, http://explore.vermontfolklifecenter.org/digital-archive/collections/items/show/921.