Donkey Riding

Donkeys - George Morland

George Morland

I hear that the world’s best donkey blog  is reporting a poorly donkey. So, this is for the Donkey Hote Donkey Hotel… Donkey Riding – another traditional folksong, with British and Irish roots…The version below is slightly cleaner than others I have found. It was a song sung in Liverpool and in Canadian ports to help with stowing the cargo – usually timber. A ‘donkey-engine’ was a steam-powered engine which revolutionised logging in the Canadian forests and the work of loading heavy cargo.

Donkey Riding

[Chorus:]

Way hey and away we go
Donkey riding, donkey riding
Way hey and away we go
Ridin’ on a donkey.

Was you ever in Quebec
Launchin’ timber on the deck?
Where ya break yer bleedin’ neck
Ridin’ on a donkey!

[Chorus]

Was you ever ’round Cape Horn
Where the weather’s never warm?
Wished to God you’d never been born
Ridin’ on a donkey.

[Chorus]

Was you ever in Miramichi
Where ye tie up to a tree,
An’ the girls sit on yer knee?
Ridin’ on a donkey

[Chorus]

Was you ever in Fortune Bay
See the girls all shout, “Hooray!”?
“Here comes dad with ten weeks pay
Riding on a donkey.”

[Chorus]

Was you ever in London-town
See the King he does come down?
See the King in his golden crown
Riding on a donkey

[Chorus]

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2 Responses to Donkey Riding

  1. Frere Rabit says:

    Very kind Miss Meadowsweet. It has been a hard day.

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