Ian Tyson: Summer Wages

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Summer Wages

Never hit seventeen when you play against the dealer
You know that the odds won't ride with you
Never leave your woman alone
When your friends are out to steal her
Years are gambled and gone like summer wages

And we'll keep rolling on 'til we get to Vancouver
And the woman that I love who's living there
It's been six long months and more since I've seen her
Maybe gambled and gone like summer wages

In all the beer parlours all down along Main Street
The dreams of the season are all spilled down on the floor
The big stands of timber just waiting there just for falling
The hookers standing watchfully waiting by the door

So I'll work on the tow boats with my slippery city shoes
I swore I would never do that again
Through the great fog-bound straits where the cedars stand
watching
I'll be far and gone like summer wages

CHORUS: In all the beer parlours all down along Main Street
The dreams of the season all spilled down on the floor
The big stands of timber waiting just there just for falling
The hookers waiting watchfully standing by the door

Never hit seventeen when you play against the dealer
'Fore you know that the odds won't ride with you
Never leave your woman alone when your friends are to steal
her
Years are gambled and gone like summer wages
And the years gambled and lost like summer wages








songwriter: Ian Tyson

performed by: Ian Tyson

date released: 1994 by Ian Tyson

Ian Tyson was born and raised in Victoria, B.C. As a young man, he was involved in working the woods and riding the rodeo circuit in Western Canada. Tyson didn't learn the guitar until he was waylaid in a hospital recovering from a rodeo injury. Later in the 50s, he began recording music, moving to the big city of Toronto to expand his career. There he met Sylvia Fricker and formed a duo called Ian and Sylvia. After attaining success on the folk-country music scene, they became husband and wife as well as co-performers.

Ian and Sylvia's marriage dissolved in divorce, and Tyson moved to Alberta temporarily retiring from music. He was wooed back to his second love, the raising of horses on a ranch. When he returned to the music industry, he recorded more albums and began touring again. "Summer Wages" was a part of the renaissance becoming a favourite for those restless roustabouts earning and losing their summer wages as unskilled labourers in the thriving fishing and forest industries of British Columbia in the 1950s.

"Summer Wages" is littered with iconic images of B.C. history: the beer parlours along Main Street, the hookers standing in doorways waiting to take the summer wages of young and freewheeling itinerant workers, big stands of timber in abundant forests, and great fog-bound straits teeming with tugboats. Unfortunately, the forest and fishing industries are no longer what they once were; and probably that modern roustabouts are still losing their summer wages to the same attractions of the city.












Summer Wages

Never hit seventeen when you play against the dealer
You know that the odds won't ride with you
Never leave your woman alone
When your friends are out to steal her
Years are gambled and gone like summer wages

And we'll keep rolling on 'til we get to Vancouver
And the woman that I love who's living there
It's been six long months and more since I've seen her
Maybe gambled and gone like summer wages

In all the beer parlours all down along Main Street
The dreams of the season are all spilled down on the floor
The big stands of timber just waiting there just for falling
The hookers standing watchfully waiting by the door

So I'll work on the tow boats with my slippery city shoes
I swore I would never do that again
Through the great fog-bound straits where the cedars stand
watching
I'll be far and gone like summer wages

CHORUS: In all the beer parlours all down along Main Street
The dreams of the season all spilled down on the floor
The big stands of timber waiting just there just for falling
The hookers waiting watchfully standing by the door

Never hit seventeen when you play against the dealer
'Fore you know that the odds won't ride with you
Never leave your woman alone when your friends are to steal
her
Years are gambled and gone like summer wages
And the years gambled and lost like summer wages








songwriter: Ian Tyson

performed by: Ian Tyson

date released: 1994 by Ian Tyson

Ian Tyson was born and raised in Victoria, B.C. As a young man, he was involved in working the woods and riding the rodeo circuit in Western Canada. Tyson didn't learn the guitar until he was waylaid in a hospital recovering from a rodeo injury. Later in the 50s, he began recording music, moving to the big city of Toronto to expand his career. There he met Sylvia Fricker and formed a duo called Ian and Sylvia. After attaining success on the folk-country music scene, they became husband and wife as well as co-performers.

Ian and Sylvia's marriage dissolved in divorce, and Tyson moved to Alberta temporarily retiring from music. He was wooed back to his second love, the raising of horses on a ranch. When he returned to the music industry, he recorded more albums and began touring again. "Summer Wages" was a part of the renaissance becoming a favourite for those restless roustabouts earning and losing their summer wages as unskilled labourers in the thriving fishing and forest industries of British Columbia in the 1950s.

"Summer Wages" is littered with iconic images of B.C. history: the beer parlours along Main Street, the hookers standing in doorways waiting to take the summer wages of young and freewheeling itinerant workers, big stands of timber in abundant forests, and great fog-bound straits teeming with tugboats. Unfortunately, the forest and fishing industries are no longer what they once were; and probably that modern roustabouts are still losing their summer wages to the same attractions of the city.












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Quiz #: 3603
Summer Wages glorifies the roustabout life of seasonal workers in the B.C. forest industry during the 1950s
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
High Intermediate

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