Clear the Track (Eliza Lee) – Beth’s Notes

 

Clear the Track (Eliza Lee) - Beth's Notes 1


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Also called Eliza Lee, this is a variation of “Shula Agra,” an Irish song. It is a “capstan shanty” for short pulls, probably also used for loading. (Luboff & Stracke)


Lyrics

O the smartest clipper you can find,
Ah-hee, ah-ho, are you most done?
Is the Margaret Evans of the Black X Line,
So clear away the track, let the bull-gine* run.

Refrain
To my hey rig-a-jig in a low back car,
Ah-hee, ah-ho, are you most done?
With Liza Lee all on my knee,
So clear away the track, let the bull-gine run.

O the times are hard and the wages low,
Ah-hee, ah-ho, are you most done?
O it can’t get worse, so we’re bound to go,
So clear away the track, let the bull-gine run. Refrain

O the winds were foul and the work was hard,
Ah-hee, ah-ho, are you most done?
From the Liverpool docks to the Brooklyn yard.
So clear away the track, let the bull-gine run. Refrain

* bulgine = American slang for a railway engine (source)


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