The Gay Raftsmen


The, gay raftsmen, Oh, where are they?
The, gay raftsmen, Oh, where are they?
Across Bytown they went today.
Hammer the ring! 
Hear the raftsmen loudly singing!
Hammer the ring! Bing bang!

Across Bytown, they went, today
Across Bytown, they went, today
To lumber camps, they're on their way.
Hammer the ring! 
Hear the raftsmen loudly singing!
Hammer the ring! Bing bang!

To lumber camps, they're on their way
To lumber camps, they're on their way
They've packed their grub, they cannot stay,
Hammer the ring! 
Hear the raftsmen loudly singing!
Hammer the ring! Bing bang!

They've packed their grub, they cannot stay,
They've packed their grub, they cannot stay,
They climb the Ottawa, the livelong day,
Hammer the ring! 
Hear the raftsmen loudly singing!
Hammer the ring! Bing bang!

They climb the Ottawa, the livelong day,
They climb the Ottawa, the livelong day,
In bark canoes, all weathered grey,
Hammer the ring! 
Hear the raftsmen loudly singing!
Hammer the ring! Bing bang!

In bark canoes, all weathered grey,
In bark canoes, all weathered grey,
The lumber camp they've reached, hurray!
Hammer the ring! 
Hear the raftsmen loudly singing!
Hammer the ring! Bing bang!

The lumber camp they've reached, hurray!
The lumber camp they've reached, hurray!
Their axes trim, there's no delay.
Hammer the ring! 
Hear the raftsmen loudly singing!
Hammer the ring! Bing bang!

Their axes trim, there's no delay,
Their axes trim, there's no delay,
They're striking hard; the tall trees sway.
Hammer the ring! 
Hear the raftsmen loudly singing!
Hammer the ring! Bing bang!

They're striking hard; the tall trees sway,
They're striking hard; the tall trees sway,
To give them strength for work and play,
Hammer the ring! 
Hear the raftsmen loudly singing!
Hammer the ring! Bing bang!

To give them strength for work and play,
To give them strength for work and play,
Eat pork and beans! they always say;
Hammer the ring! 
Hear the raftsmen loudly singing!
Hammer the ring! Bing bang!

Eat pork and beans! they always say;
Eat pork and beans! they always say;
Then sit and smoke their pipes of clay.
Hammer the ring! 
Hear the raftsmen loudly singing!
Hammer the ring! Bing bang!

Then sit and smoke their pipes of clay,
Then sit and smoke their pipes of clay,
The shanties close; sing tour-a-lai.
Hammer the ring! 
Hear the raftsmen loudly singing!
Hammer the ring! Bing bang!

The shanties close; sing tour-a-lai,
The shanties close; sing tour-a-lai,
The log drive starts, the same old way.
Hammer the ring! 
Hear the raftsmen loudly singing!
Hammer the ring! Bing bang!

The log drive starts, the same old way,
The log drive starts, the same old way,
Big logs they square and drag away,
Hammer the ring! 
Hear the raftsmen loudly singing!
Hammer the ring! Bing bang!

Big logs they square and drag away,
Big logs they square and drag away,
To build the rafts, on them to stay,
Hammer the ring! 
Hear the raftsmen loudly singing!
Hammer the ring! Bing bang!

To build the rafts, on them to stay,
To build the rafts, on them to stay,
And float down stream, a great array.
Hammer the ring! 
Hear the raftsmen loudly singing!
Hammer the ring! Bing bang!

And float down stream, a great array,
And float down stream, a great array,
The Aylmer portage tramp so gay.
Hammer the ring! 
Hear the raftsmen loudly singing!
Hammer the ring! Bing bang!

The Aylmer portage tramp so gay,
The Aylmer portage tramp so gay,
Their pockets jingle with their pay.
Hammer the ring! 
Hear the raftsmen loudly singing!
Hammer the ring! Bing bang!

Their pockets jingle with their pay,
Their pockets jingle with their pay,
They're bound to call chez Mère Gauthier,
Hammer the ring! 
Hear the raftsmen loudly singing!
Hammer the ring! Bing bang!

They're bound to call chez Mère Gauthier,
They're bound to call chez Mère Gauthier,
With buxom girls to frisk and play,
Hammer the ring! 
Hear the raftsmen loudly singing!
Hammer the ring! Bing bang!

With buxom girls to frisk and play,
With buxom girls to frisk and play,
Drink whiskey blanc, stretch on the hay.
Hammer the ring! 
Hear the raftsmen loudly singing!
Hammer the ring! Bing bang!

Drink whiskey blanc, stretch on the hay,
Drink whiskey blanc, stretch on the hay,
Their money gone, they swear away,
Hammer the ring! 
Hear the raftsmen loudly singing!
Hammer the ring! Bing bang!

Their money gone, they swear away,
Their money gone, they swear away,
A doctor call, ah welladay!
Hammer the ring! 
Hear the raftsmen loudly singing!
Hammer the ring! Bing bang!

A French Canadian song from the Ottawa River. Aylmer is in Quebec, just west of Ottawa. Bytown is of course known today as Ottawa.

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