“Canaday-I-O, Michigan-I-O, Colley's Run I-O”


A group of lumbermen suffers a winter or cold and poor conditions. When winter ends, they joyfully return to their homes


The text known as "Canaday-I-O" is credited by Fowke to one Ephraim Braley, who worked in the Canadian woods in 1853. Leach, in his notes to his #109, "Canadee-I-O," states that he based his song on the piece we have indexed as "Canada-I-O (The Wearing of the Blue; Caledonia)"-- though that song too appears to have been quite new at the time. Alan Lomax apparently accepts this interpretation, but also mentions the Scots song "Caledoni-o," which is also mentioned by Leach.

Probably the whole complex deserves a more thorough examination than it has gotten. - RBW

Cross references


  • L. Parker Temple, "Colley's Run I-O" (AFS, 1940s; on LC28)
  • Lester Wells, "Michigan I-O" (AFS, 1938; on LC56)


  1. Laws C17a, "Canaday I-O"; C17b, "Michigan I-O"; C17c, "Colley's Run I-O (The Jolly Lumbermen)"
  2. Rickaby 8, "Michigan-I-O" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Gardner/Chickering 105, "Michigan--I-O" (1 text plus mention of 2 more, 1 tune)
  4. Fowke-Lumbering #2 , "Michigan-I-O" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Linscott, pp. 181-183, "Canaday-I-O" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Leach, pp. 773-775, "Canaday I. O. (The Buffalo Skinners)" (2 texts, but only the second goes with this piece; the other belongs with "The Buffalo Skinners" [Laws B10a])
  7. Friedman, p. 415, "Canaday-I-O" (1 text, 1 tune)
  8. Fowke/Johnston, pp. 68-69, "Canaday-I-O" (1 text, 1 tune)
  9. Thorp/Fife XV, pp. 195-218 (31-33), "Buffalo Range" (6 texts, 2 tunes, though the "B" text is "Boggy Creek," C and D appear unrelated, and E is "Canada-I-O")
  10. Lomax-FSNA 57, "Canada-I-O" (1 text, 1 tune)
  11. Botkin-NEFolklr, pp. 569-570, "Canada I O" (1 text, 1 tune)
  12. Beck 1, "Michigan-I-O" (2 texts); 2, "Coolie's Run-I-O" (1 text)
  13. Darling-NAS, pp. 179-181, "Canaday I-O" (1 text)
  14. Silber-FSWB, p. 104, "Canada-I-O" (1 text)
  16. Roud #640
  17. BI, LC17


Alternate titles: “The Jolly Lumbermen”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1924
Found in: US(MA,MW,NE) Canada(Ont)