Badger Drive, The

DESCRIPTION: A song of praise to logdrivers. It mentions the hardships of the job. It praises manager Bill Dorothy, and points out that drivers supply the pulpwood for paper. The drive on Badger is described. The singer hopes that the company will continue to succeed
AUTHOR: Words: John V. Devine
EARLIEST DATE: 1927 (Doyle2); Wikipedia clams a composition date of 1912
KEYWORDS: logger river work
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (9 citations):
Fowke/Johnston, pp. 84-86, "The Badger Drive" (1 text, 1 tune)
Greenleaf/Mansfield 160, "The Badger Drive" (1 text, 1 tune)
Doyle2, p. 29, "The Badger Drive" (1 text, 1 tune)
Doyle3, p. 13, "The Badger Drive" (1 text, 1 tune)
Doyle4, p. 18, "The Badger Drive" (1 text, 1 tune)
Doyle5, p. 39, "The Badger Drive" (1 text, 1 tune)
Blondahl, pp. 49-50, "The Badger Drive" (1 text, 1 tune)
Bennett-Downey 2, pp. 61-66, "The Badger Drive" (1 text)
Mills, pp. 24-26, "The Badger Drive" (1 text, 1 tune)

ST FJ084 (Partial)
Roud #4542
Omar Blondahl, "The Badger Drive" (on NFOBlondahl01)
Jerome Downey, "The Badger Drive" (on NFJDowney01)
Maudie Sullivan, "The Badger Drive" (on MUNFLA/Leach)

cf. "The Drive" (theme)
NOTES [291 words]: Also see a text and hear an excerpt of "The Badger Drive" among Newfoundland songs as sung by Maude Sullivan on the "MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada" site at, accessed February 17, 2015. - BS
Although this is a pretty generic song in praise of loggers, it seems to have become widely known in the early 1930s, which perhaps gives it a political backdrop in that period. Cadigan, pp. 209-210, tells us that the depression was very hard on the Newfoundland lumber industry; demand for pulp naturally fell drastically, and Newfoundland's two biggest wood products company, AND and IPP, cut back hard on spending -- and rejected government demands for better treatment of workers. "In 1933, for example, the IPP Company hired loggers directly at 22 cents per hour [instead of employing subcontractors] and later asked the government to waive the legal minimum wage of 35 cents per hour. A two-week strike against the IPP action resulted in the government suspending the minimum wage law" (Cadigan, p. 210). So this song might have been intended to promote knowledge of the problem.
AND is the Anglo-Newfoundland Development Company, one of the two major logging companies in Newfoundland.
The "Mr. Cole" of the song is, I believe, Hugh Henry Wilding Cole (1883-1960). Born in Farnham, England, he came to Newfoundland in 1903, and became a surveyor for AND in 1905, and in 1912 he "became woods superintendent for the AND Co, with headquarters at Badger." He was a major force in the Newfoundland lumber industry until his retirement 35 years later (DictNewfLabrador, p. 63).
According to Mills, author John V. Devine was an uncle of Gerald F. Doyle, of the Doyle songsters. - RBW
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