Anti-Confederation Song (Gerald S Doyle) video, score

See also: Don't Vote Confederation (Jean Hewson)

And also: Don't Vote Confederation (Joan Morrissey)

sheet music

#2545: YouTube video by 60ten
©2013 ~ Used with permission ~

Hurrah for our own native isle, Newfoundland!
Not a stranger shall hold one inch of its strand!
Her face turns to Britain, her back to the Gulf,
Come near at your peril, Canadian Wolf!

Ye brave Newfoundlanders who plough the salt sea,
With hearts like the eagle so bold and so free;
The time is at hand when you'll all have to say,
If Confederation will carry the day.

Cheap tea and molasses they say they will give,
All taxes take off that the poor man may live;
Cheap nails and cheap lumber our coffins to make,
And homespun to mend our old clothes when they break.

If they take off the taxes how then will they meet,
The heavy expense of the country's up-keep?
Just give them the chance to get us in the scrape,
And they'll chain us as slaves with pen, ink, and red tape.

Would you barter the right that your fathers have won,
Your freedom transmitted from father to son?
For a few thousand dollars of Canadian gold,
Don't let it be said that your birthright was sold.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional Newfoundland song, c.1861 ....####
This variant published on p.69 of Old Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland: Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers, second edition, 1940, printed by the publishers of The Family Fireside for Gerald S Doyle, St John's.

The video above features a variant recorded by Alan Mills (Folk Songs Of Newfoundland, trk#14, 1953 LP 33-1/3 rpm, Folkway Records, New York, NY, and trk#12, 2001 CD, Smithsonian Folkways, Washington, DC).

This title was used for an entirely different song, Don't Vote Confederation which was arranged by Tom Cahill and recorded by Joan Morrissey (Home Brew, trk#3, 1973, Marathon Music Incorporated).

See more songs by Joan Morrissey.

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