“Whitney's Camp”


"It's of a brave young shantyboy, brave-hearted, true, He left his home near Ottawa and to Whitney's camp did go." He will return home when winter ends. "He worked until that fatal day When a hanging limb fell down on him and squashed him to the clay."


Fowke notes the obvious similarity of this song to "Harry Dunn." The similarity extends to the tune; it is clear that the one is modeled on the other. And, since this song is known only from Nelson Lewis's one fragment, this is probably the parody. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Fowke-Lumbering #35, "Whitney's Camp" (1 fragment, tune referenced)
  2. Roud #4468
  3. BI, FowL35


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1964 (Fowke)
Found in: Canada(Ont)