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Sandy Paton Logging Songs (57* d) Lyr Add: PAT McBRAID (Grant Rogers) 13 Jun 06

One of my own favorites comes from the great Catskill stone cutter and woodsman Grant Rogers titled "PAT McBRAID." Tells the story of a young man going up the river to find where all the logs were coming from. "For food, I took my fishing pole, with the hook stuck in my hat." Once he reaches the lumbercamp, he applies for a job and is given an axe "to stand the test." He accomplishes the task in less time than required.

    I'm proud to say I stood me test with a little time to spare.
    Stuck up me axe and turned around, the whole crew standing there.
    The boss he blew his whistle, his watch still in his hand.
    "The way it looks, go tell the cook we've got an extra man."

    He took me to the paying shack; says he "Give me your name,
    And whether fake or otherwise, to me it's just the same.
    But you must have a handle if you're looking to be paid."
    Says I, "I'll take my wages to the name of Pat McBraid."

    Through me fifty years of logging I have seen a mighty change;
    From river rafts to steamships, from motor trucks to trains.
    If there's a moral you're lookin for, I'm sure it's plain to see:
    We took the roof from the red man's head to shelter you and me.
Grant wrote it, so it ain't an old traditional logger's song like Larry Older's ""Once More a-Lumbering Go," but it's a dandy and very singable. Larry Older's CD is CD-15 in the Folk-Legacy catalog; Grant Rogers' is CD-27. Both give us simple guitar accompaniments. Tom Brandon's recording isn't on CD yet, but the cassette is available - C-10. All three come with accompanying booklets of background information and complete texts.

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