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Excursion Around The Bay

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rocked up version of Johnny Burke's Newfoundland folk song, which is typically done a cappella

Lyrics

Well it was on this monday morning
And the day be calm and fine
To the Harbour Grace excursion
With the boys to have a time
And just before the sailor
Took the gangway from the pier
I saw some fellow haul me wife aboard The Volunteer

"Oh me, oh my," I heard the old wife cry,
"Oh me, oh my, I think I'm gonna die!"
"Oh me, oh my", I heard the old wife say,
"I wish I'd never taken this excursion around the bay" (Hey!)

We had full 300 hundred souls aboard, oh what a splendid sight!
Left strong and regimental to make our spirits bright
Meself being in the double, from the funny things they'd say
They'd choke themselves from laughing when they'd see us in the bay

"Oh me, oh my," I heard the old wife cry,
"Oh me, oh my, I think I'm gonna die!"
"Oh me, oh my", I heard the old wife say,
"I wish I'd never taken this excursion around the bay" (Hey!)

Me wife she got no better, she turned a sickly green
I fed her cake and candy, fat pork and kerosene
Castor Oil and sugar rock candy, rubbed gear oil on her face
And I said she'll be a dandy when we reaches Harbour Grace

"Oh me, oh my," I heard the old wife cry,
"Oh me, oh my, I think I'm gonna die!"
"Oh me, oh my", I heard the old wife say,
"I wish I'd never taken this excursion around the bay" (Hey!)

Me wife she got no better, me wife me darling dear
The screech heard from our troll here, could hear in Carbonear
Tried every place in Harbour Grace,
Tried every store and shop,
To get her something for a cure or take her to the hop

"Oh me, oh my," I heard the old wife cry,
"Oh me, oh my, I think I'm gonna die!"
"Oh me, oh my", I heard the old wife say,
"I wish I'd never taken this excursion around the bay" (Hey!)

"Oh me, oh my," I heard the old wife cry,
"Oh me, oh my, I think I'm gonna die!"
"Oh me, oh my", I heard the old wife say,
"I wish I'd never taken this excursion around the bay" (Hey!)

She died below the brandy's as we were coming back
We buried her in the ocean, wrapped up in a Union Jack
So now I am a single man, in search of a pretty face
And the woman who says she'll have me, I'm off for Harbour Grace

"Oh me, oh my," I heard the old wife cry,
"Oh me, oh my, I think I'm gonna die!"
"Oh me, oh my", I heard the old wife say,
"I wish I'd never taken this excursion around the bay" (Hey!)