Come and I Will Sing You: A Newfoundland Songbook by Genevieve (Edited by) Lehr

By Genevieve (Edited by) Lehr

Newfoundlanders have lengthy and lustily sung their folksongs, and the culture is still robust at the present time. regardless of smooth affects, the outdated songs persist, combined with new songs which are composed to checklist the occasions of our time. this can be the 1st significant selection of Newfoundland folksongs compiled and edited by way of local Newfoundlanders. It concentrates on songs of neighborhood composition mostly neglected via previous creditors and offers an important variety of songs by no means earlier than published.

For many of the final decade Lehr and most sensible were vacationing round the island recording the voices and favorite songs of a person, old and young, who may practice. Recordings happened in kinfolk kitchens, on degree heads, and in seize shops whereas the singer knitted cord or repaired lobster pots, aboard ships at anchor or en path to a few small abandoned harbour. buzzing engines, blowing oilstoves, or clattering supper dishes supplied accompaniment.

The one hundred twenty songs accrued the following via Lehr and most sensible were transcribed by means of Pamela Morgan and illustrated through Elly Cohen. a few bear in mind the far-off prior of a protracted and wealthy seafaring culture; others inform of such contemporary tragedies because the displacement of outport humans and the sinking of the Ocean Ranger. the choice represents the nation of the folk-song in Newfoundland this present day; in a few half it files what's misplaced and forgotten, however it additionally celebrates what has survived, and thrives.

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7 O who can tell the feeling of those two Brule men, Tossed on the stormy ocean with nothing to comfort them; The blood was frozen in their veins, the salt tears in their eyes They raised their eyes to heaven above, and they muttered mournful cries. 23 8 They drifted before wind and sea all that long cruel night And when the daylight cleared away, no land or strand in sight. But very shortly after, a vessel hove in sight The captain's name was Harvey, was out that long winter's night. 9 When Harvey saw them coming, he called: 'All hands on deck -" O come and look to wind'ard and see that little jack.

This song's lyrics were written by Anthony Ward, originally of Southeast Bight. Anthony is a prolific songwriter, though he usually leaves it up to somebody else to compose the tune; in this case, the composer was Dave Panting. The Resettlement Program was carried out in Newfoundland during Joseph Small wood's government from the 1950s to the early 1970s. Its aim was to relocate fishermen and their families from coastal communities to larger centres where they would find better job opportunities and public facilities such as hospitals and schools.

It was thought he might still be alive, but he was found dead when Mr Brennan rowed out and cut him down. The body was that of Captain John Locklin. The bodies of the other men gradually drifted to shore, and their families were notified accordingly. A boy's kitbag washed up on the beach - the clothes within all neatly folded, and his small mouth-organ nestled among the clothing. The bag bore the name of Joshua Barrett, Woody Island, Placentia Bay. He and another man had gone astray in a dory the night before.

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