Ipperwill Farm

from by B.D. Willoughby

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Ipperwill Farm tells the story of a farmer who went missing in the Lebret area in 1938. The story is adapted from ‘The Case of the Missing Farmer’ in Frank W. Anderson. Outlaws of Saskatchewan: True Tales of Crime and Criminals from our Storied Past. Gopher Book No. 25. Website: www.gopherbooks.ca.

Featuring guest appearances by Karl and Cheney of the Pile of Bones Brass Band.


The Ipperwill Farm

I took a job with my cousin, I was working on his farm.
Last I seen him he was working in the barn.
Now there ain’t nobody.
Ain’t no body on the Ipperwill Farm.

That Sunday morning went to church as we always done.
Stanley went a callin’, came back when the supper bell rung.
After dusk we were working out in the barn,
Heard tires in the yard, Stanley went out to talk.
When I got out there, the whole yard was dark.
Ain’t nobody on the Ipperwill Farm.

Police sent their men, searching far and wide.
But they could find no sight.
It was as if Stanley had just disappeared.
Nobody knows, what happened to him.

Ain’t Nobody on the Ipperwill Farm.
Ain’t no body.

It was a cold February night the police came back again,
Wondering if Gert and I had noticed anything.
She got to talking ‘bout what a hard year we’d had at the farm,
Had a horse die last spring, buried it in the manure pile out behind the barn.
Police raised their eyebrows and went out back,
Turned over the pile, til his body fell out,
Stanley’s body fell out.

Ain’t Nobody on the Ipperwill Farm,
Ain’t no body.

Oh he was a hard, hard man,
Owed me more than he was willing to pay.
So one night I called him out to the barn,
Hit him in the head this way.

Ain’t Nobody on the Ipperwill Farm,
Ain’t no body.


from The Qu'Appelle Valley, released April 29, 2016
Vocals: B.D. Willoughby
Lead Guitar: Kris Smith
Rhythm Guitar: B.D. Willoughby
Bass: Scott Fulton
Drums: Mark Budd
Piano: Steve ‘The Hat’ Jeske
Trumpet: Cheney Lambert
Saxophone: Karl Valiaho
Vocals: Susana Caxaj and Christine Mettler



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