Shove around the jug, me boys, Chorus around the room, We're the boys that fear no noise Although we're far from home! Well, I courted a girl in Albany, And one in Montreal, One in Philadelphi-ay, But the best in Lewiston Falls. Shove around the jug ... When you get to Albany Give the girls a call. There's not a girl to be compared, With the ones from Lewiston Falls. Shove around the jug ... When I came on from Ireland I was just a lad. But working these canal boats Is the only life I've had. Shove around the jug ... A dollar in a tavern Is very easy spent. If I had that in Ireland, I'd have to pay down rent. Shove around the jug ... Amsterdam or Liverpool, Rome or Syracuse, If you've ever been to Lewiston Falls, It's the only place you'd choose. Shove around the jug ... The drunkard's in the tavern, The fish is in the sea! The cork is in the bottle, But the whiskey is in me! Shove around the jug ... Shove around the jug ...
recording: John Mayberry & Jamie Beaton (1993) [YouTube]
recording: Cliff Haslam [YouTube]
notes: folk song lineage [Cliff Haslam]
notes: further folk song lineage [Mudcat Cafe]
notes: song history and context [Erie Canal Sings]