You Can't Fool A Newfoundlander (Weatherby) video
FIRST see: Aunt Martha's Sheep (Ellis Coles)
#712 YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

Here's the finish of the story I think that I should tell,
About the b'ys in Carmanville who ended up in jail;
They went out on a caper as they went to steal a calf,
And thought they fooled a Mountie, but the Mountie got the laugh.

As they told you in the story, the Mountie joined right in,
He had a feed of mutton and he thanked them with a grin;
If I wasn't still on duty, well, I'd stay and have a beer,
For a finer bunch of b'ys I know I'll never find like here.

Now, when he left they thought that they had seen the last of he,
They didn't know that in a while back to the house he'd be;
And that he wouldn't be alone, a friend would be with him,
And this time at the party, well, he'd wear a bigger grin.

Now as they watched him drive away they all began to boast,
To think they gave him mutton and he thought that it was moose;
A Mountie from the mainland, they knew they'd told him lies,
And drank a toast to the wool they pulled over his eyes.

They were drinking and were talking 'bout the sheep that they had took,
When above the songs and laughter they heard another knock;
They said come on in and join us 'cause we're havin' quite a night,
But when the door came open, well, they got an awful fright.

In the doorway stood Aunt Martha who had come to claim her sheep,
And the man who stood beside her, he had boots upon his feet;
With stripes upon his trousers and a grin upon his face,
The Mountie from the mainland was a man from Harbour Grace!

So, now they wish the mutton had come from other means,
For now instead of mutton they're eatin' pork and beans;
So if you see a man and on his hat's a yellow band,
Don't think that you can fool him — he might be from Newfoundland!

####.... Ben Weatherby (You Can't Fool A Newfoundlander, trk#1, 1973, Independent, Toronto, Ontario); and (Here's To The Women Of Newfoundland, trk#8, 2000, Heritage Music, Toronto, Ontario) ....####
Written in response to Ellis Coles' song Aunt Martha's Sheep.

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