MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Jolly Old Jim
Leo Martin NFLD 2 Tape 10A Track 16
Trepassey Audio:
Comic/Moniker Song

In Trepassey you'll find
A man who is kind
Though he's only both jolly and tall (?)
He is three score fifteen
Yet no better have seen
For the driver ___________

Chours:
Jim, Jim, Jolly old Jim
No man is no neater and trim
Like a prince at the wheel
Wit a heart full o' steel
Tis the driver they call Uncle Jim

If going to town
Uncle Jim is around
Those like him because he is old
He have been tried and found true
So I'm now telling you
He's a man of a genuine mould

Chours:
Jim, Jim, Jolly old Jim
No man is no neater and trim
Like a prince at the wheel
Wit a heart full o' steel
Tis the driver they call Uncle Jim

All the friends of the crowd they all feel proud
He'll ne'er make his journey alone
From Trepassey to town
________________________
And there's no one to accompany' him home

Chours:
Jim, Jim, Jolly old Jim
No man is no neater and trim
Like a prince at the wheel
Wit a heart full o' steel
Tis the driver they call Uncle Jim

Hurrah for the saint
_________ James was his name
May the Lord guide him safe to the last
When he’s drivin’ his ore (?)
May he rest on the shore
______________________
Chours:
Jim, Jim, Jolly old Jim
No man is no neater and trim
Like a prince at the wheel
Wit a heart full o' steel
Tis the driver they call Uncle Jim


Notes


Text: A complimentary song of a man known as Uncle Jim.

Tune: The text form alternates verse and chorus.   The melody also varies between verse and chorus. The meter is 6/8 and the key is A-flat major with an octave range starting on E-flat.

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