On Meesh-e-gan

DESCRIPTION: French-Canadian dialect song. Singer reports work in the Michigan lumber camps, but it's exhausting, the pay is irregular, there are diseases and snakes. Chorus: "Come all you great beeg Canada man/Who want fin' work on Meesh-e-gan...."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1941 (Beck)
LONG DESCRIPTION: French-Canadian dialect song. Singer tells fellow Frenchmen there's work in the Michigan lumber camps, but it includes the exhausting job of "sacking", the pay is irregular, there are diseases and snakes. Chorus: "Come all you great beeg Canada man/Who want fin' work on Meesh-e-gan/Dere's beeg log drive all troo our lan';/You sure fin' work on Meesh-e-gan."
KEYWORDS: lumbering work logger hardtimes
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Beck 72, "On Meesh-e-gan" (1 text)
Lomax-ABFS, pp. 334-335, "On Meesh-e-gan" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #8856
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Don't Come to Michigan" (theme)
File: Be072

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