“A Winter on Renous”


October 9, 1904, "rovin' Joe" leaves Indiantown for lumbering with the sons of Morgan Hayes. "They had no mercy on a man But to work him day and night." He tries other crews but returns to Hayes. "I spent a winter on Renous And now I love their ways"

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From Louise Manny and James Reginald Wilson, Songs of Miramichi,
#48, pp. 187-190. From the singing of Nicolas Underhill of
Nor'west Bridge in 1961.

On the ninth day of October,
  In the year of nineteen-four,
The day I left old Indiantown,
  As I ofttimes did before.
I did not like the country,
  And I did not love their ways,
For to spend the winter on Renous
  With the sons of Morgan Hayes.

(11 additional stanzas plus a half stanza)


  1. Manny/Wilson 48, "A Winter on Renous" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST MaWi048 (Partial)
  3. Roud #9180
  4. BI, MaWi048


Author: Joe Smith, "a Miramichi man who liked to call himself 'the rovin' Joe'" (Manny/Wilson)
Earliest date: 1961 (Manny/Wilson)
Found in: Canada(Mar)