Driving Saw-Logs on the Plover

DESCRIPTION: A mother bids farewell to her shanty-boy son on the banks of the Plover. She blesses him, but warns him that "Driving saw-logs on the Plover, You'll never get your pay." Eventually Johnny returns, having been driven from the camp without his pay
AUTHOR: William N. Allen ("Shan T. Boy")
EARLIEST DATE: 1926 (Rickaby); reportedly composed 1873
KEYWORDS: work logger mother separation money
FOUND IN: US(MW) Canada(Ont)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Rickaby 20, "Driving Saw-Logs on the Plover" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fowke-Lumbering #60, "Driving Saw-Logs on the Plover" (1 text, 1 tune)
Sandburg, pp. 396-397, "Driving Saw-Logs on the Plover" (1 text, 1 tune)
DT, SAWLOGPL*

Roud #2797
RECORDINGS:
Pierre La Dieu, "Driving Saw-Logs On The Plover" (Columbia 15278-D, 1928)
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Falling of the Pine" (tune)
NOTES: Sung to a variant of the tune "Tramps and Hawkers/Paddy West."
This song is item dC29 in Laws's Appendix II. - RBW- RBW
File: San396

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