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The Ballad Of How Macpherson Held The Floor Analysis



Author: Poetry of Robert Service Type: Poetry Views: 105

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Bar-Room BalladsSaid President MacConnachie to Treasurer MacCall:

"We ought to have a piper for our next Saint Andrew's Ball.

Yon squakin' saxophone gives me the syncopated gripes.

I'm sick of jazz, I want to hear the skirling of the pipes."

"Alas! it's true," said Tam MacCall. "The young folk of to-day

Are fox-trot mad and dinna ken a reel from Strathspey.

Now, what we want's a kiltie lad, primed up wi' mountain dew,

To strut the floor at supper time, and play a lilt or two.

In all the North there's only one; of him I've heard them speak:

His name is Jock MacPherson, and he lives on Boulder Creek;

An old-time hard-rock miner, and a wild and wastrel loon,

Who spends his nights in glory, playing pibrochs to the moon.

I'll seek him out; beyond a doubt on next Saint Andrew's night

We'll proudly hear the pipes to cheer and charm our appetite.Oh lads were neat and lassies sweet who graced Saint Andrew's Ball;

But there was none so full of fun as Treasurer MacCall.

And as Maloney's rag-time bank struck up the newest hit,

He smiled a smile behind his hand, and chuckled: "Wait a bit."

And so with many a Celtic snort, with malice in his eye,

He watched the merry crowd cavort, till supper time drew nigh.

Then gleefully he seemed to steal, and sought the Nugget Bar,

Wherein there sat a tartaned chiel, as lonely as a star;

A huge and hairy Highlandman as hearty as a breeze,

A glass of whisky in his hand, his bag-pipes on his knees.

"Drink down your





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