The Glendy Burk is a mighty fast boat and a mighty fast captain, too;
He sits up dar on de hurricane roof an' he keeps his eye on de crew;
I can't stay here for dey work too hard, I'm bound to leave dis town;
So fair ye well I'll take a little ride when de glendy Burk comes down.
Ho for Lou'siana! I'm bound to leave dis town;
I'll take my duds an' tote 'em on de boat
When de Glendy burk comes down.
The Glendy Burk has a funny old crew, they sing de Boatman's Song,
They burn de pitch an' de pine knot too, for to shove the boat along.
De smoke goes up an' de injun roars an' de wheel goes round and round;
So fair ye well I'll take a little ride when the Glendy Burk comes down.
I'll work all night in the wind and storm, I'll work all day in the rain;
Til I find myself on the levee dock in New Orleans again.
Dey make me mow in de hay fields here and knock my head wi' de flail;
I'll go where dey work wid de sugar an' de cane and roll on de cotton bale.