“Burns's Log Camp”


The singer arrives in the logging camp to find horrible conditions: "The floors were all dirty, all covered with mud; The bed quilts were lousy, and so was the grub." The very first night, a fight erupted, "And thus I was greeted at Burns's log camp."

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Burns's Log Camp
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[Bruce's Log Camp]

From Louise Manny and James Reginald Wilson, Songs of Miramichi,
#7, pp. 66-67. From the recitation of Wilbert Munn of Hayesville.

Trough alders and boulders and bushes I tramped
'Til I came to the place they call Bruce's log camp.
I opened the door, what a sight met my eyes,
Some cursing, some swearing, and some telling lies.

A three-legged stool and a table to match,
And a door in the corner without any latch,
No lids on the stove and no oil in the lamps;
That is the description of Bruce's log camp.

(1 additional stanza)


Manny/Wilson: "Mr Doerflinger tactfully changed the name of the camp from Bruce's to Burns's, to avoid giving offense." - BS

Cross references


  1. Doerflinger, p. 217, "Burns's Log Camp" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Manny/Wilson 7, "Bruce's Log Camp (Hunter's Log Camp)" (3 fragments, 1 tune)
  3. ST Doe217 (Partial)
  4. Roud #9203
  5. BI, Doe217


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1951
Keywords: logger hardtimes fight
Found in: Canada(Mar)