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Beothuk Song (David Campbell) score
See also: Island Spirits (Final Approach)

sheet music

You're the last one to take the Beothuk line through time,
You're the last one in all of Newfoundland;
Do you wish you could cry as the long days go by,
Or smile when berry time comes to the land?

Shawanadit, send your dreams on the wind,
To the West they'll be blown;
To where the brave, young and old have all gone,
All you once called your own.

By your Grandmother Moon, touched by the low silver light,
You have spoken the thoughts long on your mind;
For no stranger could know, as you come and you go,
All you keep from the time now far behind.

Shawanadit, send your dreams on the wind,
To the West they'll be blown;
To where the brave, young and old have all gone,
All you once called your own.

As you walk where the dark children laughed and danced in the sun,
Do you hear voices echoing through the trees?
Do you still trust your mind, as all 'round you find,
Those who brought you the night from 'cross the seas?

Shawanadit, send your dreams on the wind,
To the West they'll be blown;
To where the brave, young and old have all gone,
All you once called your own.

####.... David Campbell (Singin' About Us, discography pp.143-144, 1976, edited by Bob Davis, compiled by Bruce Burron, published by J Lorimer, Toronto, Ontario) ....####
Notes:
The Beothuk, also known as Red Indians, inhabited several campsites on the shore of Red Indian Lake which is located in the western interior of Newfoundland and drains into the Exploits River. When Newfoundland was discovered, no one really knew how many Beothuk lived there. 2,000 is probably a fair estimate. By 1768, only 400 were left, and by 1829, they were extinct. That year, the last known Beothuk, Nancy Shanawdithit, died of tuberculosis.

For more information about the Beothuk, John Peyton, Nancy Shanawdithit, and Red Indian Lake, see: The Beothuks or Red Indians: The Aboriginal Inhabitants Of Newfoundland by James P Howley, 1914.



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