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Me And Brother Bill (Dick Nolan) tabs

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Well, I've told you all the story
about Aunt Martha's sheep,
Well here's another story
in my memory I will keep;
So pull your chairs up close, b'ys,
and listen to my tale,
I'll sing to you a ballad of me and brother Bill.

'Twas early in the month of June
beneath the summer sky,
We started on our journey
with a rod and reel and flies;
Bill was an alcoholic
so lots of booze he took,
And very soon we were fishin'
knee deep in a brook.

The birds were singing sweetly
and the river running wild,
The salmon they were jumping
in that good old Newfie style;
Bill would cast his line out
and in his pocket reach,
And while he waited for a bite
would have a drink of screech.

Now Bill got in a happy mood
as more and more he drank,
Until he saw a warden
upon the river bank;
His face did turn all colors
and he said, "My God! I'm caught,
My liquor I remembered,
but my licence I forgot."

Now Bill he had no money
so his fine I'd have to pay,
So then I took it on me
to see he got away;
I dropped my rod and reel
and started running for the shore,
And when I reached the bushes
I was running all the more.

Now down the winding trail
with the warden in the chase,
I ran about a mile
and fell flat upon my face;
The warden he jumped on me
and this to me did say,
You're running from the law, boy,
so now you're gonna pay.

His eyes they shone like diamonds
and he opened up his mouth,
I reached into my pocket
and my licence I pulled out;
I did not break the law, sir,
my record it is clean,
The man without the licence,
well, you left back in the stream.

So have yourself a smoke, sir,
don't matter anyhow,
I do not know his name
and I'm sure he's gone by now;
'Twas there I took a vow
that I would never tell,
The warden he would never know,
it was my brother Bill.

Now Bill he's sittin' home
with the salmons in the pan,
He's sittin' at the table
with a big drink in his hand;
He's laughin' and a wonderin'
if the warden got me yet,
But I'll tell you b'ys when I get home
I'll break his bloody neck.
Yes, I'll tell you b'ys when I get home
I'll break his bloody neck.

####.... Wince and Ellis Coles ....####
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Recorded by Dick Nolan (Happy Newfoundlanders, trk#3, 1973 LP, RCA Records, Toronto, ON, produced by Jack Feeney, recorded at RCA's Toronto Studios).

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Intro: [D]

Well, I've told you all the story
a- [A] bout Aunt Martha's sheep,
Well here's another story
in my memory I will [D] keep;
So pull your chairs up close b'ys
and [A] listen to my tale,
I'll sing to you a ballad
of me and brother [D] Bill.

'Twas early in the month of June
be- [A] neath the summer sky,
We started on our journey
with a rod and reel and [D] flies;
Bill was an alcoholic
so [A] lots of booze he took,
And very soon we were fishin'
knee deep in a [D] brook.

The birds were singing sweetly
and the [A] river running wild,
The salmon they were jumping
in that good old Newfie [D] style;
Bill would cast his line out
and [A] in his pocket reach,
And while he waited for a bite
would have a drink of [D] screech.

Now Bill got in a happy mood
as [A] more and more he drank,
Until he saw a warden
upon the river [D] bank;
His face did turn all colors
and he [A] said, "My God! I'm caught,
My liquor I remembered,
but my licence I for- [D] got."

Now Bill he had no money
so his [A] fine I'd have to pay,
So then I took it on me
to see he got a- [D] way;
I dropped my rod and reel
and started [A] running for the shore,
And when I reached the bushes
I was running all the [D] more.

Now down the winding trail
with the [A] warden in the chase,
I ran about a mile and
fell flat upon my [D] face;
The warden he jumped on me
and [A] this to me did say,
You're running from the law, boy,
so now you're gonna [D] pay.

His eyes they shone like diamonds
and he [A] opened up his mouth,
I reached into my pocket
and my licence I pulled [D] out;
I did not break the law, sir,
my [A] record it is clean,
The man without the licence,
well, you left back in the [D] stream.

So have yourself a smoke, sir,
don't [A] matter anyhow,
I do not know his name
and I'm sure he's gone by [D] now;
'Twas there I took a vow
that [A] I would never tell,
The warden he would never know,
it was my brother [D] Bill.

Now Bill he's sittin' home
with the [A] salmons in the pan,
He's sittin' at the table
with a big drink in his [D] hand;
He's laughin' and a-wonderin'
if the [A] warden got me yet,
But I'll tell you b'ys when I get home
I'll break his bloody [D] neck.
Yes, I'll [A] tell you b'ys when I get home
I'll break his bloody [D] neck.

~ Chords contributed by Bob Dumais ~



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