Grand Hotel, The
DESCRIPTION: "There's a place in Vancouver the loggers know well, It's a place where they keep rotgut whiskey to sell. They also keep boarders and keep them like hell, And the name of that place is the Grand Hotel."
EARLIEST DATE: 1949
KEYWORDS: logger drink
FOUND IN: Canada(West)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Fowke/Johnston, pp. 180-181, "The Grand Hotel" (1 text, 1 tune)
Stanley G. Triggs, "The Grand Hotel" (on Triggs1)
cf. "Vilikens and his Dinah (William and Dinah) [Laws M31A/B]" (tune & meter) and references there
cf. "Farewell to Tarwathie" (tune)
NOTES: The ship "Cassiar" (referred to in the third verse) was a coastal steamer whose special duty was to carry loggers back and forth from the camps to Vancouver for sprees.
The Digital Tradition lists this as having "Farewell to Tarwathie" as its tune. Most others list "Sweet Betsy." Both fit. - RBW
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