THE GLENDY BURK By Stephen C. Foster (1826-1864)De Glendy Burk is mighty fast boat, Wid a mighty fast captain too; He sits up dah on de hurricane roof And he keeps his eye on de crew. I can't stay here, for dey work too hard; I'm bound to leave dis town; I'll take my duds and tote 'em on my back When de Glendy Burk comes down. Chorus: Ho! for Lou'siana! I'm bound to leave dis town; I'll take my duds and tote 'em on my back When de Glendy Burk comes down. De Glendy Burk has a funny old crew And dey sing de boatman's song, Dey burn de pitch and de pine knot too, For to shove de boat along. De smoke goes up and de ingine roars And de wheel goes round and round, So fair you well! for I'll take a little ride When de Glendy Burk comes down. Chorus I'll work all night in de wind and storm, I'll work all day in de rain, 'Till I find myself on de levydock In New Orleans again. Dey make me mow in de hay field here And knock my head wid de flail, I'll go wha dey work wid de sugar and de cane And roll on de cotten bale. Chorus My lady love is as pretty as a pink, I'll meet her on de way I'll take her back to de sunny old south And day I'll make her stay So don't you fret my honey dear, Oh! don't you fret, Miss Brown I'll take you back 'fore de middle of de week When de Glendy Burk comes down.
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