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Mica Bay


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On [Am] November 14th, 1849 came a [C] knock on the company door
It was [Dm] four in the morning at the [F] Mica Bay mine on the [C] lake Superior shore [F]
[Am]
Bonner was the name of the company man and he [C] didn't seem too surprised
to see [Dm] Allan Macdonell and [F] Chief "Little Pine" and their [C] friends with their guns and [F] knives

CHORUS

It was [C] windy and cold on [G] November 14th, it was [F] 1849 [C]
when [C]"Little Pine" and Allan [G] Macdonell shut
down all the [F] digging at the Mica Bay [C] mine
Whoa . . . [F, C, G, Am, F, C, G, C ]

"Little [Am] Pine's" name was Shingwaukonse he was the [C] Chief of the Garden River Band
and he [Dm] led his braves from the [F] Sault to Mica Bay 'cause the [C] miners were on his [F] land
Now he [Am] didn't just get out of bed that day and [C] decide to take over a mine
He'd [Dm] asked and asked for a [F] Treaty but no [C] Treaty-makers could he find [F]

[C] Allan Macdonell was a [G] lawyer who came up [F] north to dig a mine for [C] himself
but the [F] greed of others made him [C] feel ashamed so he [G] offered Little Pine his [F] help
or [Am] maybe he did it 'cause another Macdonell helped the [C] Highlanders across the sea
[Dm] Whatever the reason the [F] attorney decided he would [C] offer his [F] expertise

CHORUS

It was [C] windy and cold on [G] November 14th, it was [F] 1849 [C]
when [C]"Little Pine" and Allan [G] Macdonell shut
down all the [F] digging at the Mica Bay [C] mine
Whoa . . . [F, C, G, Am, F, C, G, C ] 

When [Am] daybreak came at the Mica Bay mine the [C] workers and their families
heard [Dm] Bonner say, "Look at this [F] pretty "sunshine," and by the [C] way, we're about to [F] leave."
[Am] Two days later one hundred and sixty [C] people felt the north wind blow
they [Dm] sailed on a schooner bound [F] for the Sault as [C] Little Pine watched them [F] go

Lord [C] Elgin was the Governor [G] General then and [F] when he was told the [C] tale
He sent [F] Captain Cooper and a [C] rifle brigade to [G] engage and to [F] prevail
They were [Am] rollin' right along 'till Superior's waves and [C] winds really started to sing
Then the [Dm] gales of November turned them [F] back to the Sault where they'd [C] have to wait until [F] spring

CHORUS

It was [C] windy and cold on [G] November 14th, it was [F] 1849 [C]
when [C]"Little Pine" and Allan [G] Macdonell shut
down all the [F] digging at the Mica Bay [C] mine
Whoa . . . [F, C, G, Am, F, C, G, C ]

On [Am] December the fourth, 1849 eight [C] men turned themselves in
[Dm] Shingwauk and Macdonell and [F] six other guys were [C] jailed in Toronto and [F] then
[Am] They were released and sent back home when the [C] Chief Justice decreed
that [Dm] since Macdonell was his [F] relative, they'd been [C] arrested [F] illegally

Some [C] papers pointed out Little [G] Pine was a veteran of the [F] war of [C] 1812
Some [F] papers said the mining wasn't [C] right but then you [G] can't un-ring a [F] bell
with [Am] all of these papers talkin' up a storm Elgin [C] had to get a Treaty man
He [Dm] appointed Bill Robinson who [F] then made a deal with the [C] Garden River [F] Band

CHORUS

It was [C] windy and cold on [G] November 14th, it was [F] 1849 [C]
when [C]"Little Pine" and Allan [G] Macdonell shut
down all the [F] digging at the Mica Bay [C] mine
Whoa . . . [F, C, G, Am, F, C, G, C ]
Whoa . . . [F, C, G, Am, F, C, G, C ]

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