Twin Lakes (Kenneth Peacock)

See also: Twin Lakes (Jim Payne w/Kelly Russell)

Last night as I sat in my own cozy corner,
A-thinking of a few dollars to make,
My wife she says to me, "Why don't you try subbing?
They're making good money up on the Twin Lakes."

I said to my wife, "I don't know what about it,
For I don't want the A.N.D. Company to break;
I'm afraid they won't have enough money to pay me,
If I have a month's subbing up on the Twin Lakes."

So right there and then I then made my decision,
The very next day preparations to make;
I got home some firewood and packed my old kitbag,
And then started off for the shores of Twin Lakes.

I arrived at Twin Lakes being late in November,
The thoughts of the subbing could make your heart ache;
If I live to be a thousand I'll always remember
The year I went subbing up on the Twin Lakes.

I arrived at Twin Lakes being one fine Sunday evening,
About four o'clock, If I make no mistake;
The bunks were all filled and I slept on the table,
The first night I spent on the shores of Twin Lakes.

Some in their bunks they were piling up timber,
While others were shouting, "Pass down the short cake!"
Such silly old nonsense I cannot remember,
The lads they were using up on the Twin Lakes.

I awoke in the morning in very cold humour,
Straightway to the forepeak my bucksaw to take;
A good chance of timber, I heard in the rumour,
'Twas not to be found on the shores of Twin Lakes.

You'll go in the woods with your bucksaw and measure,
You'll work like a slave your wages to make;
You'll think it's so grand but you'll find it's no pleasure,
In using these bucksaws up on the Twin Lakes.

Come all you young peddlers that stand 'round the counter,
A-waiting a poor subber's money to take;
But when you sits down to your fresh pork and cabbage,
Think on the poor subber subs on the Twin Lakes.

Come all you young men who are seeking employment,
Take a poor subber's warning, don't make no mistake;
Get aboard of an express, go over the Topsails,
Keep clear of the subbing up on the Twin Lakes.

Come all you young ladies who are seeking an husband,
Take a poor subber's warning, don't make no mistake;
If you wants a good home and plenty of money,
Don't marry a subber subs on the Twin Lakes.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional Newfoundland lumbering ballad ....####
Collected in 1958 by Kenneth Peacock from Arthur Nicolle [1900-1971] of Rocky Harbour, NL, and published from text by Mrs Isaac Freeman (Catherine) Bennett [1908-2006] of St Paul's, NL, in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 3, pp.761-762, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Kenneth Peacock noted that the A.N.D. Company in verse two is the Anglo-Newfoundland Development Company, also mentioned in connection with another lumbering ballad, The Loggers' Plight, also collected from Arthur Nicolle.

A variant was arranged and recorded by Omar Blondahl (The Roving Newfoundlander, 1959 LP, trk#8, Banff-Rodeo, Halifax, NS, distributed by London Records of Canada); and (Songs of Sea And Shore, 1959 LP, trk#11, Arc Sound Ltd, Toronto, ON); and (Canadian Country Classics: Songs From The Rock, 1997 CD, trk#20, Rodeo Records, Peterborough, ON).

See more Omar Blondahl songs.

A variant was also arranged and recorded as Twin Lakes by Jim Payne (Jim Payne & Kelly Russell, 1983 LP and Cassette, trk#12, Pigeon Inlet Productions, St John's, NL).

From the Free Dictionary: Forepeak - section of the hold of a ship that is within the angle made by the bow and is used for trimming or for storage of cargo.

See more NL lumber camp songs.


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