Twenty-three Camels
Bruce Coughlan, arr. Larry Nickel

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It came about on a month of May

23 Camels sailed away

23 Camels bound for Yale

on the road to the Cariboo


Where the Camels came from, no one knew

In the Cariboo in the days of old

From the U.S. Army or the old Manchu?

In the Cariboo in the days of gold

Maybe Arizona on a railway crew

In the Cariboo in the day

on the road to the Cariboo


But 23 Camels that's a twist

You've never seen such a sight like this

Run like the devil when the camels hiss

On the Road to the Cariboo


Now "Ships of the Desert" was the camel's fame

In the Cariboo in the days of old

They could carry a half-of-a-ton was claimed

In the Cariboo in the days of gold

Till their feet took tender and they all took lame

In the Cariboo in the days of old

They were auctioned off away


But 23 Camels, that's a sight

Where the donkey brays the horse takes flight

It's a wonder everybody didn't die of fright

On the road to the Cariboo


They kicked and spit at everything that moved

In the Cariboo in the days of old

They smelled so bad they scared the mules

In the Cariboo in the days of gold

Causin' so much trouble that the teamsters sued

In the Cariboo in the days of old

Their disruptions to curtail


But 23 Camels that's a twist

You've never seen such a sight like this

Run like the devil when the camels hiss

On the Road to the Cariboo


But 23 Camels that's a twist

You've never seen such a sight like this

Run like the devil when the camels hiss

On the Road to the Cariboo



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