The Mobile Goat Song

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Composed by Tom Cahill, of St. John's, NL, frequent collaborator with "Newfoundland's First Lady of Song", Joan Morrissey, who released this fun romp on her 1973 LP "Home Brew": www.youtube.com/watch?v=APJgbBS-840

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The Mobile Goat Song

Words and Music - Tom Cahill
As Performed by Allison Crowe

Have you heard the story of the Mobile goat
on the grand old Southern shore,
on the lovely isle of Newfoundland,
where goats don't roam no more?

It's about a man named Dillon
whose cursin' was of note,
and how he was diggin' for spuds one day,
when he spoke to the Mobile goat.

Now, the goat had been stealin' Dillon's spuds
for twenty years or more,
and every time he saw him,
Dillon cursed and raged and swore.

He was diggin' hard in his field this time
and the goat was chewin' away
near a great big six-foot granite rock
when Dillon heard him say.

“Are you diggin' 'em, Dillon?
Are you diggin' 'em deep?
Are you pilin' 'em, Dillon,
in a nice big heap? ”

“Oh, I'm diggin' 'em, ” says Dillon
“Not enough to fill a boat.
I'd be diggin' 'em more if it wasn't for you,
you rotten stinkin' goat.”

Now Dillon got the fright of his life,
when he knew just what took place.
And he said, “Good Lord, 't’is the devil himself
come t’snatch me from your grace.

“Come to take me for my sacrilege
and my rotten life of sin.”
And he ran like mad down the hill to home
and the goat just pitched right in.

But they say it was the priest just passin' by
when he heard old Dillon curse
on the goat and the spuds and the Lord above
for makin' all things worse.

Just to hush the roars at Heaven above
he thought he'd bid good-day.
And as he passed the garden fence
the good priest he did say:

“Are you diggin' 'em, Dillon?
Are you diggin' 'em deep?
Are you pilin' 'em, Dillon,
in a nice big heap?”

”Oh, I'm diggin' 'em, says Dillon
"Not enough to fill a boat.
But I'd be diggin' 'em more if it wasn't for you,
You rotten stinkin' goat.”

You could never tell Dillon 't’was the priest
who spoke to his cursin' spree,
passin' quietly behind that rock,
so Dillon couldn't see.

And to this day in Mobile,
on the grand old Southern shore,
there's a thousand who believe
the goat spoke out when Dillon swore.

“Are you diggin' 'em, Dillon?
Are you diggin' 'em deep?
Are you pilin' 'em, Dillon,
in a nice big heap?”

“Oh, I'm diggin' 'em,” says Dillon,
“Not enough to fill a boat.
but I'd be diggin' 'em more if it wasn't for you,
you rotten stinkin' goat.

But I'd be diggin' 'em more if it wasn't for you,
you rotten stinkin' goat.”

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from Newfoundland Vinyl, released June 25, 2013
All vocals, guitar, instrumentation, arrangement, engineerig and production - Allison Crowe

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