Liza Jane

Words J.B. Connolly; Music 1992 Gordon Bok

At Art Krause's house one winter, I found these words in one of James B. Connolly's novels: "The Seiners." I don't know if it is a traditional song or not, so I attribute it to Connolly.

This vessel had a lot going against her; in some places, painting any part of a vessel blue is horrible bad luck.

 

Gordon and twelve-string.

 

On the Liza Jane with a blue foremast

And a load of hay come drifting past

The skipper stood aft and he says: "How do?

We're the Liza Jane, now who be you?"

-Stood by the wheel and he says "How do,

We're from Bangor, Maine. From where be you?"

 

Oh the Liza Jane left port one day

With a fine fair tide and the day Friday

But the damned old tide sent her bow askew

And the Liza Jane began to slew

- Hi diddle di, she'da' fairly flew

If she only could said the other-end-to.

Oh the Liza Jane left port one day

With hold full of squash and her deck all hay

Put out from Bath with all sails set

Two years gone, she's drifting yet.

- Hi diddle di, for a good old craft

She'da' sailed very well with her bow on aft.

 

Now the Liza Jane got a new foretruck

Good stick of wood but it wouldn't stay stuck

Got a breeze one day from the NNW

Doggone thing come down with the rest:

-Hi diddle di and a breeze from the West

You'd'a thunk the truck wouldn't stick with the rest.

 

Liza Jane is recorded on Schooners and is also in the songbook One to Sing, One to Haul