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The shores of Grand Lake

Frankie Nash

The shores of Grand Lake / Frankie Nash

The shores of Grand Lake, song (One night as I sat in my own cozy corner …) This labour song describes the practice of subcontracting (“subbing”) in the lumberwoods of Newfoundland. The lyrics protest against the poor pay and conditions endured by woodsmen, specifically mentioning the Anglo-Newfoundland Development Company (“AND Company”) (Partyka in Narváez 2006:10).  This particular version seems to be a fusion of two related songs: its melody is that of “The track to Knob Lake” by Albert Roche (Roud Number 9811) and its lyrics closely resemble those of “Twin Lakes” (Roud Number 17693).

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Transcript of 'Grand lake' [The shores of Grand Lake] as sung by Frankie Nash / Aidan O'Hara

The shores of Grand Lake, song (One night as I sat in my old cosy corner …) A typed transcript based on Aidan O'Hara's field recording, with annotations and corrections by the collector.