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Liza Jane

牋牋牋牋牋?Words J.B. Connolly; Music ?1992 Gordon Bok


牋牋牋牋牋?At Art Krause's house one winter, I found these words in one of James B. Connolly's novels: "The Seiners."?I don't know if it is a traditional song or not, so I attribute it to Connolly.

牋牋牋牋牋?This vessel had a lot going against her; in some places, painting any part of a vessel blue is horrible bad luck.


Gordon and twelve-string.


牋牋牋牋牋?On the Liza Jane with a blue foremast

牋牋牋牋牋?And a load of hay come drifting past

牋牋牋牋牋?The skipper stood aft and he says: "How do?

牋牋牋牋牋?We're the Liza Jane, now who be you?"

牋牋牋牋牋?-Stood by the wheel and he says "How do,

牋牋牋牋牋?We're from Bangor, Maine.?From where be you?"


牋牋牋牋牋?Oh the Liza Jane left port one day

牋牋牋牋牋?With a fine fair tide and the day Friday

牋牋牋牋牋?But the damned old tide sent her bow askew

牋牋牋牋牋?And the Liza Jane began to slew

牋牋牋牋牋?- Hi diddle di, she'da' fairly flew

牋牋牋牋牋?If she only could said the other-end-to.


牋牋牋牋牋?Oh the Liza Jane left port one day

牋牋牋牋牋?With hold full of squash and her deck all hay

牋牋牋牋牋?Put out from Bath with all sails set ?

牋牋牋牋牋?Two years gone, she's drifting yet.

牋牋牋牋牋?- Hi diddle di, for a good old craft

牋牋牋牋牋?She'da' sailed very well with her bow on aft.


牋牋牋牋牋?Now the Liza Jane got a new foretruck

牋牋牋牋牋?Good stick of wood but it wouldn't stay stuck

牋牋牋牋牋?Got a breeze one day from the NNW

牋牋牋牋牋?Doggone thing come down with the rest:

牋牋牋牋牋?-Hi diddle di and a breeze from the West

牋牋牋牋牋?You'd'a thunk the truck wouldn't stick with the rest.




牋牋牋牋牋?Liza Jane is recorded on Schooners and is also in the songbook One to Sing, One to Haul