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 previous songs persist, combined with new songs which are composed to checklist the occasions of our time. this can be the 1st significant choice of Newfoundland folksongs compiled and edited by way of local Newfoundlanders. It concentrates on songs of neighborhood composition principally missed through previous creditors and offers an important variety of songs by no means sooner than published.
For lots of the final decade Lehr and top were vacationing round the island recording the voices and favorite songs of a person, old and young, who might practice. Recordings came about in relatives kitchens, on degree heads, and in catch shops whereas the singer knitted wire 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 a hundred and twenty songs gathered right here by way of Lehr and top were transcribed by means of Pamela Morgan and illustrated through Elly Cohen. a few remember the far-off prior of a protracted and wealthy seafaring culture; others inform of such fresh tragedies because the displacement of outport humans and the sinking of the Ocean Ranger. the choice represents the kingdom 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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Though it has been extensively collected, it is still a curiosity and somewhat of a puzzle to folksong scholars. For an interesting discussion on the subject, see One Hundred English Folk Songs, edited by Cecil Sharp (New York: Dover Publications, Inc. 1975). MERCER 189 40 24 Common Sailors Moses Harris Lethbridge, 1976 2 The young girls of this country, their growing days we bless We brings them silks and satins out of which they makes a dress; To gain the heart of some young man as fancy dresses do Don't never despise the sailor boys that sails the ocean blue.
9 Now to conclude and finish, I'm still on Harvey's Pier A-gazing through the Narrows o'er the sleepy ocean near. I'm an employee at the Waterford, I was lucky, sure, myself, That I didn't end up a patient from the blow below the belt. 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.
4 The winds did blow with fearful force and no let up that day As all the boats were on the ground around Placentia Bay; Came beating home in that wild storm, the sea rolled mountains high, And those brave souls they saw no hope, gave up their lives to die. 5 It is a hard and a trying blow for those that's left to weep; The sole provider of their homes now sleeps beneath the deep. Their wives and orphans left to mourn, their widows' only son Are also numbered with the dead, God's will it must be done.