Scow on the Cowden Shore, The

DESCRIPTION: The singer (expressly identified as Larry Gorman) sings of "the scow on the Cowden shore." He describes the international crew of loggers, including several of the more peculiar characters, and speaks of the quest for liquor
AUTHOR: words: Larry Gorman/music & additional words: Willis Norrad
EARLIEST DATE: 1948 (Manny/Wilson)
KEYWORDS: logger drink nonballad
FOUND IN: Canada(Mar)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Doerflinger, pp. 234-236, "The Scow on the Cowden Shore" (3 texts, 2 tunes)
Manny/Wilson 42, "The Scow on Cowden Shore" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fowke/Mills/Blume, pp. 180-182, "The Scow on Cowden's Shore" (1 text, 1 tune)

ST Doe234 (Partial)
Roud #4529
NOTES [86 words]: During log drives, the boss of the drive, the cook, and other non-participants would usually follow the logs in scows. Since the boat carried their provisions, the logdrivers were often highly alert to its progress. - RBW
"Cowden Shore was part of the Cowden farm, where Scottish immigrants of that name settled in the early nineteenth century.... Cowden Shore was conveniently near the Sou'West Boom, where the logs driven down the [Southwest Miramichi River] were stored, awaiting distribution to their owners." - BS
File: Doe234

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