DESCRIPTION: Torbay Ramblers listen to named lumberjacks who said "Millertown for mine." Some swear not to return. Only when the market for fish leaves them short do some go back.
EARLIEST DATE: 1951 (MUNFLA/Leach)
KEYWORDS: warning fishing lumbering work ordeal moniker nonballad logger
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
Jack Houlihan, "Torbay Ramblers" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
NOTES: Millertown is an old lumber camp town in central Newfoundland. According to Wikipedia article Millertown, Newfoundland and Labrador it was founded in 1900 (at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millertown,NewfoundlandandLabrador, accessed February 23, 2017). Torbay is far away, not far from St. John's.
Other hard times songs about the off-summer (that is, when no money is to be made fishing) Newfoundland lumbering occupation include "The Boys at Ninety-Five," "Jerry Ryan," "Reid's Express," and "Twin Lakes." - BS
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