#00077
Aunt Martha's Sheep (Ellis Coles)
score, MIDI, tabs, video

See also: You Can't Fool A Newfoundlander
(Ben Weatherby)

sheet music

#796: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
℗2009 ~ Used with permission ~

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Come gather all around me
and I'll sing to you a tale,
About the boys in Carmanville
who almost went to jail;
It happened on a November's night
when all hands were asleep,
We crept up over Joe Tulk's hill
and stole Aunt Martha's sheep.

Now, if you pay attention,
I know I'll make you laugh,
They never went to steal the sheep,
they went to steal the calf;
The old cow she got angry 'cause
they woke her from her sleep,
We couldn't take any chances
so we had to steal the sheep.

We caught the wooly animal
and dragged her from her pen,
She said good-bye to the little lamb
she'd never see again;
She knew that those dark strangers
soon would take her life,
In less than half an hour,
she felt that dreadful knife.

Aunt Martha she got angry
when she heard about the loss,
She said she'd catch the robbers
no matter what the cost;
Next morning just at sunrise
she to the office went,
And to the RCMP a telegram she sent.

The Mountie got the message
and started in to read,
This is from Aunt Martha
telling an awful deed:
Last night my sheep was stolen
by whom I cannot tell,
I'd like for you to catch them
and take them off to jail.

Just a short time later
about twelve o'clock that night,
We had the sheep a-cooking
and everyone feeling tight;
The smell of mutton and onions
no man could ask for more,
We were chug-luggin' Dominion
when a Mountie walked in the door.

Said, sorry, boys, your party
I really don't mean to wreck,
I smelled the meat a-cookin'
and I had to come in and check;
You see the sheep was stolen
and the thief is on the loose,
I said come right in and join us, sir,
we're having a piece of moose.

He said, thanks a lot and he sat right down,
And I gave him a piece of the sheep.
This is the finest piece of moose
I knows I ever eat.
About two o'clock in the morning,
he bid us all good-day,
If we get any clues on the sheep, sir,
we'll phone you right away.

He said thanks a lot,
you're a darn fine bunch,
And your promise I know you'll keep.
And if everyone was as good as you,
She wouldn't have lost her sheep.
After he left we had the piece
we had in the oven to roast,
We might have stole the sheep, boys,
but the Mountie ate the most.

####.... Ellis Coles of Carmanville, NL ....####

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Popularized by Dick Nolan (Fisherman's Boy, 1972 LP, trk#6, RCA CS-2576, St John's, NL); and (Folk Songs Of Newfoundland with Harry Hibbs, 1974 LP, trk#14, Radio Canada International RCI1 414, Montreal, QC); and (Best Of Dick Nolan, 1977 LP, trk#8, RCA Pure Gold Series KNL1 7062, Don Mills, ON) and (Dick Nolan's Greatest Hits Of Newfoundland, 1980 LP, trk#11, StarPak SK134).

See more Dick Nolan songs.

A variant was arranged and recorded by Michael T Wall (On Stage At Molly 'N' Me, 1975 LP, trk#4, Banff-Rodeo, Halifax, NS).

See more Michael T Wall songs.

A variant was arranged and recorded by Shanneyganock (Scallywags, 2002 CD, trk#6, Avondale Music, Ltd, St John's, NL).

See more Shanneyganock songs.

A finish was added to the story in this song as You Can't Fool A Newfoundlander, written and recorded by Ben Weatherby (You Can't Fool A Newfoundlander, 1973 LP, trk#10, Independent, Toronto, ON); and (Here's To The Women Of Newfoundland, 2000 CD, trk#16, Heritage Music, Toronto, ON).

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Come [G] gather all around me
and I'll [D] sing to you a [G] tale,
A- [G] bout the boys in Carmanville
who [C] almost went to [G] jail.
It [G] happened on a November's night
when all [C] hands were [G] asleep,
We [G] crept up over Joe Tulk's hill
and [D] stole Aunt Martha's [G] sheep.

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Come [A] gather all around me
and I'll [E] sing to you a [A] tale
About the boys in Carmanville
who [D] almost went to [A] jail
It happened on a November's night
when [D] all hands were [A] asleep
We crept up over Joe Tulk's hill
and [E] stole Aunt Martha's [A] sheep.

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