Canalman's Farewel (Lay Me on the Horse-Bridge)

DESCRIPTION: "Lay me on the horse-bridge, WIth my feet toward the bow; And let it be a Lockport Laker, Or a Tonawanda scow." The singer described the problems the mules have in towing the canal-boat, and perhaps asks to be buried by the canal
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1939 (Thompson-BodyBootsAndBritches-NewYorkStateFolktales)
KEYWORDS: canal humorous animal wreck burial
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Thompson-BodyBootsAndBritches-NewYorkStateFolktales, pp. 246-247, "Canalman's Farewell" (2 short texts)
Roud #6592
cf. "The E-ri-e" (lyrics) and references there
File: TNY247

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