“Camp on de Cheval Gris, De”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1941 (Beck)
Keywords: love return lumbering work logger moniker friend dream
Found in: US(MW)

Description

French-Canadian dialect song. Singer visits his abandoned lumber camp and reminisces. He recalls his friend Johnnie reading a letter over and over, and discovers it's a love-letter. He tells Johnnie he's never revealed the letter's secret.

Long description

French-Canadian dialect song. Singer visits his old lumber camp, now abandoned, and addresses this song to his old friend, Johnnie, reminiscing about the crew and the times they had. He recalls Johnnie reading a letter over and over, and one day finding the letter himself, reading it, and realizing it's a love-letter. He dreams they are back together, but awakens to find himself back in the old camp with his grandson. He tells Johnnie he's never revealed the letter's secret.

References

  1. Beck 73, "De Camp on de Cheval Gris" (1 text)
  2. Roud #8847
  3. BI, Be073