SARO JANE

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SARO JANE
The men who loaded the river-boats along the Mississippi were known as roustabouts,
and as they loaded the boats they sang in order to make the work a little faster and a little
easier. This is where this song originated around the 1880’s. I became a staple of country
and folk music for many years and was preformed by many artists including, Uncle Dave
Macon and The Kingston Trio.
I’ve got a wife and five little chillun
Believe I’ll take a trip on the big MacMillan
Oh Saro Jane!
(CHORUS)
Oh, there’s nothing to do but to set down and sing
And rock about my Saro Jane.
Oh, rock about my Saro Jane
Oh, there’s nothing to do but to set down and sing
And rock about my Saro Jane.
Boiler busted and the whistle done blowed,
The head captain done fell overboard,
Oh Saro Jane!
Cho:
Engine gave a crack and the whistle gave a squall,
The engineer gone to the hole in the wall,
Oh Saro Jane!
Cho:
Yankees build boats for to shoot them rebels,
My musket’s loaded and I’m gonna hold it level,
Oh Saro Jane!
Oh, there’s nothing to do but to set down and sing
And rock about my Saro Jane.
Oh, rock about my Saro Jane
Oh there’s nothing to do but to set down and sing
And rock about my Saro Jane.