“McCarthy's Song”


McCarthy stops in Pope's Harbour for a bottle at Brian's tavern. He treats all hands and he sleeps it off on the floor. Next morning the landlord wants his money. He staggers to Mrs. Haws who nursed his wounds at no charge. He swears not to return again.

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McCarthy's Song
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From Helen Creighton, Songs and Ballads from Nova Scotia, #133, pp. 288-290.
"Sung by Mr. Ben Henneberry, Devil's Island."

Long shall I remember one day last December,
My fob lined with silver, my heart full of glee,
Being out on a frolic, determined to travel,
Intending great Halifx city to see.

I crossed Taylor's Bay Harbour in very good order,
From back to Pope's Harbour both up hill and down;
I took into my noddle to get a full bottle,
Oh, at the Brian's tavern, that hole of renown.

(12 additional stanzas)


This song is item dH52 in Laws's Appendix II. - BS


  1. Creighton-NovaScotia 133, "McCarthy's Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST CrNS133 (Partial)
  3. Roud #1832
  4. BI, CrNS133


Author: Michael McCarthy, school teacher at Taylor's Harbour, N.S. (Source: Creighton-NovaScotia)
Earliest date: 1932 (Creighton-NovaScotia)
Keywords: drink ordeal landlord
Found in: Canada(Mar)