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Dig Boys (single)

by The Successful Failures



Recorded mostly live in a one-day session in March 2021. View the full story by joining SF as a patron on Patreon - www.patreon.com/MickChorba

The song tells the story of the Irish immigrants who dug the 66 miles of the Delaware-Raritan canal from 1831 to 1834.


Dig Boys

(written by Mick Chorba and John Calu)

We work the soil we dare not tarry
Coins be needed to marry
Though my Mary fair she be
She will not wait too long for me

Dig boys dig all day
Dig for a dollar that’s what you’ll get paid
Home is so far away
Three thousand miles from Donegal Bay

If I could pull this stump I’d be
That much closer to Mary
And when this ditch is dug and done
I’ll sign right up to dig another one


Wield that shovel drive that pick
Now my back is broad and thick
Wheel that barrow break those stones
I wonder is Mary still alone


We came from Cork, we cam from Killarney
To the end of this story
They’ll be no stone to tell our name
To sit atop our roadside grave


released May 21, 2021
Ron Bechamps - mandolin, vocals
Mick Chorba - vocals, acoustic guitar
Rob Martin - drums, vocals
Pete Smith - bass guitar, vocals

Recorded by Brandon Tomei in Chesterfield, NJ
Mixed and mastered by Drew Mazurek in Baltimore, MD


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