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Down in the alley where the green grass grows, song

Kevin Smith, singing in English

Down in the alley where the green grass grows, song / Kevin Smith, singing in English

Drawing buckets of water, song

Eddie Butcher, singing in English

Drawing buckets of water, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English

Dusty bluebells, song

[six girls from Magilligan], singing in English

Dusty bluebells, song / [six girls from Magilligan], singing in English

Fain Waterloo

Caroline Brennan

Fain Waterloo / Caroline Brennan

Fain Waterloo, song (It happened to be on a fine dewy morning …) This song tells the story of a soldier reuniting with his sweetheart. He tests her fidelity by leading her to believe that he died at the Battle of Waterloo. When she proves herself true, he reveals that he is her sweetheart by showing her the broken token that they shared.  Versions of this song are quite common in eastern Canada, including Newfoundland. Kenneth Peacock published a version in Songs of the Newfoundland Outports 3 (1965:1014–1015), as did Greenleaf and Mansfield in The Ballads and Sea Songs of Newfoundland (1933:172–173), under the title “The plains of Waterloo.”

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For my daddy goes to meeting, song

Eddie Butcher, singing in English

For my daddy goes to meeting, song / Eddie Butcher, singing in English

Georges Banks

Henry Campbell & Gerald Campbell

Georges Banks / Henry Campbell & Gerald Campbell

Georges Banks, song (Ye roving sons of Newfoundland, I hope you will draw near …) Georges Bank is a large plateau-shaped shoal off the coast of Massachusetts. It is part of a series of banks and shoals that extend along the edge of the North American continental shelf—the most northern of which are Newfoundland’s Grand Banks.  This ballad tells the story of a ship, the Morning Star, whose crew was fishing on Georges Banks. The ship was caught in a November gale that resulted in many fisherman freezing or being swept overboard before they could return to Newfoundland.  Other versions of this song are included in Greenleaf and Mansfield’s Ballads and Sea Songs of Newfoundland (1933:260–263); Kenneth Peacock’s Songs of the Newfoundland Outports 3 (1965:916–21); and among the recordings of MacEdward Leach.

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God bless the master of this house, song

"Mr X", singing in English

God bless the master of this house, song / "Mr X", singing in English

Golden Bay

Anthony Power

Golden Bay / Anthony Power

Golden Bay, song (In nineteen hundred and twelve, my boys for Golden Bay set sail …) Composed by brothers Henry Nash (Sr) and Bernard Nash who fished together in Golden Bay, this song describes a whaling expedition that left Branch in 1912. The crew caught a whale, but it rotted before they could sell it for the thirty pounds in gold that they expected to receive.  Henry Nash (Sr) was the father-in-law of Anthony Power, who performs the song here. 

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Green gravel, song

Eileen Keaney, singing in English

Green gravel, song / Eileen Keaney, singing in English

Green gravel, song

Nora Cooper, singing in English

Green gravel, song / Nora Cooper, singing in English

Green grows the laurel, song

Dennis Healey, singing in English

Green grows the laurel, song / Dennis Healey, singing in English

Hally go lee go lee, song

Eileen Keaney, singing in English

Hally go lee go lee, song / Eileen Keaney, singing in English