When Our Boys Gave Up Squiddin' (G Doyle) score

Our boys gave up squiddin, they all joined the navy
To fight for old England, her king and her crown;
Although we feel sad, we also feel glad,
That we got such fine men on the squid-jiggin' ground.

There's Tom, Dick, and Harry, and handsome young Larry,
And Bill, Mike, and Joe, whom we all well do know;
They pulled up their dories and swore by the tories,
That they'd gain the victory or they'd squid no more.

So up to their mothers, their dads, and their others,
To get their consent without further delay;
And away with the oilskins, cape-anns and the jiggers,
And up to the court-house to join up that day.

There's Tommy left Mary, and Billy left Sally,
And Joe left his young wife to follow the crowd;
Even Uncle Bob Hawkins, with his three pairs of stockings,
Left his father to wear on the squid-jiggin' ground.

Now they got the pluck, they don't care what the buck,
It's their king and their country, "Keep Hitler down"
For if he gets over we'll all be under clover,
If Hitler gets over to the squid-jiggin' ground.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional Newfoundland song ....####
Published in Gerald S Doyle's Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland: Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers (Third edition, p.83, 1955).

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From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Cape Ann - fisherman's oilskin cap with broad brim, sloping at the back, and side flaps tied under the chin; sou'wester.


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