BRUCE’S LOG CABIN

Oh, the floor it was greasy, all covered with mud.
The dishes were dirty, and so was the grub.
The bed clothes were lousy; the straw it was damp;
Give boarders consumption in Bruce’s log camp.

(As recited by Wilbert Munn of Hayesville)

Through alders and boulders and bushes I tramped
‘Til I came to the place they call Bruce’s log camp.
I opened the door, what a sight met my eyes,
Some cursing, some swearing, and some telling lies.

A three-legged stool and a table to match,
And a door in the corner without any latch,
No lids on the stove and no oil in the lamps;
That is the description of Bruce’s log camp.

Get up in the morning with the stars in the skies,
They’re still cursing, still swearing, and still telling lies.
The boss he comes over and blows out the lamps,
And yells, “Get out to work or get out of the camp.”

(As given by Roy Hunter of Ludlow)

I am a young man, my name is Jack Burke.
When I came to this country I came to get work.
Through alders and boulders and mud I have tramped
‘Til I came to the place they called Bruce’s log camp.

When I opened the door what a sight met my eyes;
Some were cursing and swearing and some telling lies.
The light it was out with no oil in the lamp;
It would give you consumption in Bruce’s log camp.

Get up in the morning with stars in the skies,
While old Pat McCloskey like a skunk in disguise,
He’d climb up the ladder and swing his oil lamp,
“Get out to work or get out of the camp.”



- It was the practice in Miramichi schools some years ago to have a recitation period on Friday afternoons, and some rural schools still adhere to this custom. These ‘reciting’ periods were eagerly looked forward to, and the pupils vied with each other for the distinction of memorizing the longest poem. The poems were often learned from the “Readers”, but more often than not pupils memorized by rote traditional ballads learned from their parents…

-Louise Manny, Songs of Miramichi, 1968,  pp. 66 – 67.


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Louise Manny
19th Century
New Brunswick, CANADA
© 1968, Brunswick Press. All Rights Reserved.

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