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Posted By: Jon Bartlett
22-May-04 - 03:02 AM
Thread Name: Chinook Jargon Songs
Subject: RE: Chinook Jargon Songs
Here's one called "Seattle Illahee":

There'll be mowitch and klootchman by the way
When we 'rive at Seattle Illahee
Row, boys, row, let's travel
To the place they call Seattle,
Seattle Illahee!

There'll be hiyu clams and klootchman by the way
Hiyu tenas moosum
Till daylight fades away
Row, boys, row, let's travel
To the place they call Seattle,
Seattle Illahee!

Kwonesum kwonesum cooley
Kopa nika illahee
Kunamokst kapswalla moosum as the daylight fades away.

Row, boys, row, let's travel
To the place they call Seattle,
That's the place to have a spree!
Seattle Illahee!

This was collected by Phil Thomas from the singing of Capt. W.R. Hall, Campbell River, BC 1959 and it's in his book, "Songs of the Pacific Northwest" [Saanichton, 1979: Hancock House Publishers]: we are working on a 2nd edition. There will be a Phil Thomas Tribute Concert at Seattle Folklife this year, and Phil will I hope be coming down and singing this very song. He's got a couple more, too.

Jon Bartlett