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Liza Jane

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

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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.

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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.

 

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

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