The Moose Song (Kenneth Peacock) video
#1415: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
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Come all you Newfoundlanders
and listen to my song,
I'll tell you 'bout the moose we killed
and the man that did us wrong;
On a sunny morn, October third,
I'm telling you no lies,
When Izzie Walters hollered out
saying, "Get your guns, my b'ys!

"There is a moose down in the reach,
he's coming up the lane,
Jim Keeping's got him rounded up,
I think he must be tame."
Our guns and ammunition
we got without delay,
Lou Lemmon had the first shot,
I'm very sure to say.

George Croucher had the second shot,
if you want to know his name,
Bill Munden had the third shot
which brought him to his end;
There were men, women and children
all gathered 'round the hill,
All looking for a piece of meat
their appetite to fill.

But just before we got him cleaned
a voice from the crowd did say,
"I guess we're all going to be hung,
the squealer's on his way."
He came up 'long side of us
and he unto us did say,
"I'm sorry b'ys to inform on you,"
and turned and walked away.

We took the moose and chopped him up
and gave it all around,
It looked just like a meat market
that day on Dewey's Ground;
The men that killed the moose, my b'ys,
they would not hurt a chick,
To let that squealer inform on us
we should have broke his neck.

But let's think of the Bible, b'ys,
and with it we'll abide,
When they slap you on the left cheek,
hold up the other side;
The magistrate he came around,
unto the laws he went,
To try to soak us poor b'ys
who never had a cent.

He said, "You broke the law, my b'ys,
and did you understand,
Two hundred dollars is the fine
but I'll do the best I can."
If he had all to do with it
he would not soak us men,
To see the grief lie on his face,
his heart was touched within.

Our statement was all given in,
everything went very well,
He said, "Five dollars is the fine
or fourteen days in jail."
And now my song is ending
I'm going to propose,
It's going to pay the squealer b'y
to keep his big mouth closed.

####.... George Croucher [1891-1977] of Burnt Islands, NL ....####
Original Newfoundland song collected in 1960 from George Croucher by Kenneth Peacock and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 1, pp.77-78, by The National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Kenneth Peacock noted that this is another example of a song, written by a one-song composer, which has turned out rather successfully. In western and southern Newfoundland it is quite common to find moose wandering around an outport at night, but in broad daylight it is something of a rarity. No wonder the men got trigger happy.

Although the animal is different, the plot of this song is similar to Terry Toole's Cabbage, collected in 1951 by Kenneth Peacock from Edward (Ned) Rice [1916-2002] of Cape Broyle, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 1, p.100, by The National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

The video above features a recording of a variant by Edison Carson Williams [1935-2006] of Pool's Cove, NL and Dartmouth, NS (The Roving Newfoundlander, Roving Again, trk#10, 1972, Audat Records, Oshawa, ON, recorded at Audio Atlantic, Halifax, NS, and produced by Vern Kennedy for Media Artist Services/Fivetake Group Productions Limited). Edison Williams traveled the world sailing on various ships. After 15 years of roving, he settled in Dartmouth, NS, where he worked with Nova Scotia Light & Power, and entertained at the Newfoundland Club in Halifax.

GEST Notes:
1) Izzie Walters in verse one was Israel (Izzie) Walters [1912-1977] of Burnt Islands, NL.
2) Jim Keeping in verse two was James M (Jim) Keeping [1891-?] of Burnt Islands, NL.
3) Lou Lemmon in verse two is Louis (Lou) Leamon [1913-?] of Burnt Islands, NL.
4) Bill Munden in verse three is William Henry (Bill) Munden [1913-2004] of Burnt Islands, NL.


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