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Tickle Cove Pond

 In cuttin' and haulin', in frost and in snow
We're up against troubles that few people know
It's only by courage and patience and grit
And eatin' plain food that we keep ourselves fit

The hard and the easy we take as they come
And when ponds freeze over we shorten our runs
To hurry my haulin' with spring coming on
I near lost me a mare out on Tickle Cove Pond

Chorus:
Lay hold William Oldford, lay hold William White
Lay hold of the cordage and pull all your might
Lay hold of the bowline and pull all you can
And give me a lift with poor Kit on the pond

I knew that the ice grew weaker each day
But I still took the risk and kept haulin' away
One evening in April bound home with a load
My mare showed some halting against the ice road

She knew more than I did as matters turned out
And lucky for me had I joined her in doubt
She turned round her head, with tears in her eyes
As if she were sayin', "You're risking our lives"

All this I ignored with a whip handle blow
For man is a stupid dumb creatures you know
And the very next moment the pond gave a sigh
And up to our necks went poor Kitty and I

Chorus

And if I had taken wise Kitty's advice
I ne'er would've made that short cut on the ice
Poor creature she's dead, poor creature she's gone
I'll ne'er get my mare out of Tickle Cove Pond

But I raised an alarm you could hear for a mile
And neighbours showed up in a very short while
You can always rely on the Oldfords and Whites
To render assistance in all your bad plights

To help a kind neighbour is part of their lives
The same can be said for their children and wives
And with the rope fastened around the mare's breast
William White for a shanty song made a request

There was no time for thinkin', no time for delay
Straight from his heart came this song right away

Chorus x2

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