Timber for the Bridge at St. Paul's

DESCRIPTION: Men go to cut logs for a new bridge. Some men cut short and some long. Some worked hard and some worked light; the smallest man did the work of two. Some cut the soft wood and others did not. The boss "told every man different from what he told me"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1958 (Guigne)
KEYWORDS: work boss worker
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Guigne, pp. 363-364, "Timber for the Bridge at St. Paul's" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud #25332
NOTES: Guigne says of this song, "It reflects local anxiety in the community concerning poor leadership in directing the construction of a bridge over the St. Paul's river. This is revealed directly in the third stanza of the song." I would not have seen that without Guigne's guidance. I thought it was a song about a job in which everyone does his own thing, and that the writer thought that a funny situation. In any case, Guigne goes on to quote a local resident: "The bridge didn't survive long." Guigne continues, "A new bridge of steel was eventually built." - BS
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