Come and I Will Sing You: A Newfoundland Songbook

Forside
Genevieve Lehr
University of Toronto Press, 1985 - 210 sider

Newfoundlanders have long and lustily sung their folksongs, and the tradition remains strong today. Despite modern influences, the old songs persist, mixed with new songs that are composed to record the events of our time. This is the first major collection of Newfoundland folksongs compiled and edited by native Newfoundlanders. It concentrates on songs of local composition largely ignored by earlier collectors and presents a significant number of songs never before published.

For most of the last decade Lehr and Best have been travelling around the island recording the voices and favourite songs of anyone, young and old, who would perform. Recordings took place in family kitchens, on stage heads, and in trap stores while the singer knitted twine or repaired lobster pots, aboard ships at anchor or en route to some small deserted harbour. Humming engines, blowing oilstoves, or clattering supper dishes provided accompaniment.

The 120 songs collected here by Lehr and Best have been transcribed by Pamela Morgan and illustrated by Elly Cohen. Some recall the distant past of a long and rich seafaring tradition; others tell of such recent tragedies as the displacement of outport people and the sinking of the Ocean Ranger. The selection represents the state of the folk-song in Newfoundland today; in some part it documents what is lost and forgotten, but it also celebrates what has survived, and thrives.

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The Wreck of the Annie Roberts
3
The Annie Young
4
Arthur
6
Aspell and Cartet
7
The August Gäle A and B
9
The Banks of Sweet Dundee
12
Betsy Beauty
13
The Blow below the Belt
15
Jolly Jack Tar
111
The Kate from Branch
112
The Leaving of Merasheen
114
The Liverpool Pilot
115
Lonely Waterloo
117
Lord Bateman A and B
118
Lovely Katieo
121
The Maggie
122

The Blue Wave
17
Bold Hawke
18
Bold Larkin
19
Bonny Blueeyed Jane
21
Brave Marin
22
The Brule Boys
23
The Buck Goat Song
26
Caroline from Edinboro Edinburgh Town
27
Carroll Bán
30
The Champion of Court Hill
31
Charming Blueeyed Mary
32
Charming Sally Ann
33
Chrisseys Dick
36
The Wreck of the Christabel
37
Come and I Will Sing You
39
Common Sailors
41
Constant Farmers Son
42
The Wreck of the Danny Goodwin
44
The Darkeyed Sailor
46
Darkeyed Susan
47
The Steamship Deane
49
The Dole Song
51
The Drunken Captain
52
The Ella M Rudolph
55
The Elsie M Hart
57
The Excel A and B
58
False Limkin
61
Fannys Harbour Bawn
62
Fishing on the Labrador
64
The Florizel
66
The Gallant Brigantine
67
The General Rawlinson
69
George Alfred Beckett
71
The Gigantic
73
The Glen Alone
76
The Glenora
78
Grá Geal Mo Chroí
79
The Grand Falls Tragedy
81
The Green Mossy Banks of the Lea
83
Gull Cove
84
Heave Away
86
The Herring
87
The Hoban Boys
89
The Hole in the Wall
93
The Huntingdown Shore
95
Hushohbye Baby
97
In Memoriam
99
Jack the Sailor
101
The Jam on Garys Rock
102
Jerry Ryan
103
Le Jeune Militaire
105
Jim Harris
106
Jimmy Whelan
107
John Barbour
109
The Maid of Newfoundland
123
The Schooner Marion Rogers
125
The Schooner Mary Ann
126
Maurice Crotty A and B
127
Maurice Hogans Song
131
The McClure
133
Me Old Ragadoo
135
The Merchants
136
The Moonshine Informer
139
Mr Costler
140
Murphy in the Cupboard
143
My Dear Im Bound for Canaday A and B
145
My Goodlooking Man
147
OReilly the Fisherman
149
The Old Smite
150
The Penny Fair
151
The Petty Harbour Bait Skiff
153
Pretty Caroline
155
Pretty Polly
156
The Prison of Newfoundland
158
The Quiet Village Tilting
159
The Ravenal
160
The Red Rocks of Bell Isle
161
The Wreck of the Riseover
163
A Sailor Courted
164
Siúl a Ghrá
165
Skipper Dan
168
The Loss of the Snorre
170
Soup Supper in Clattice Harbour
172
South Carolina State
174
The Southern Cross
175
The Spanish Captain
176
The Susan
178
The Sweet Town of Anthony
179
Taking Gear in the Night
180
They Locked Me Up in Bonavist Jail
182
Thomas and Nancy
183
The Thomas J Hodder
184
The Tobacco Song
186
Tobias Murphy and Tom Hann
187
Trois Navires de Blé
189
The Wreck of the Union A and B
190
The Valley of Kilbride
193
Le Vingtcinq de Juillet
195
The Virgin on the Strand
196
The Water Witch
197
The Waterford Strike
199
Wave over Wave
200
We Left the Port of Sydney
201
Why Dont Fathers Ship Come In?
203
GLOSSARY OF UNFAMILIAR WORDS
205
BIBLIOGRAPHY
206
INDEX OF FIRST LINES
208
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Genevieve Lehr is a teacher and writer living in Halifax.

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