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The Loggers' Plight (Kenneth Peacock) score
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(Sung to the tune of The Girls Of Newfoundland)

There is trouble tonight in Newfoundland,
And the hearts of men are sad,
Because our loggers are on strike,
Led on by Landon Ladd.

Before he came to our island home,
This dear old Newfoundland,
We lived in peace and harmony,
And followed the Lord's command.

But now confusion takes its place,
Hating, doubting and greed,
And Newfoundland would lose her rights,
Should Landon Ladd succeed.

When first he came to Newfoundland,
He captured the loggers' hearts,
And formed a union which we thought,
Would never fall apart.

But now the union is gone on strike,
Because they did not agree,
With living conditions and rates of pay,
In the camps of A.N.D.

Some of their loggers disturbed the peace,
And are spending the night in jail,
Hoping and praying that Landon Ladd,
Will come and provide their bail.

But Landon is safe in a heated room,
Reposed on a spring-filled bed,
While his loggers patrol their picket-line,
As the stars shine overhead.

It is bitter and cold on the picket line,
With biting wind and frost,
But Landon says maintain your post,
Whatever may be the cost.

But although the loggers kept their post,
They feel that the die is cast,
And the promise made by Landon Ladd,
Will never come to pass.

They asked the premier to intervene,
And help the loggers' plight,
Then Premier Smallwood replied on air,
"I'll see you on Thursday night."

So at half-past nine on Thursday night,
He spoke on the radio,
And said in no uncertain terms,
That Landon Ladd must go.

This union is a failure here,
It never will succeed,
So form a union of your own,
With Maxwell Lane to lead.

With Maxwell Lane to lead the way,
The victory will be won,
You'll come to terms with A.N.D.,
Then Landon Ladd will run.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional Newfoundland lumbering ballad ....####
Collected in 1959 from Arthur Nicolle [1900-1971] of Rocky Harbour, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 3, pp.755-756, by The National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Notes:

¹ A.N.D. - Anglo-Newfoundland Development Company.

² From the History Of Point Leamington:
"Although Landon Ladd's attempt at organizing Newfoundland loggers into his union failed following the bitter strike [at Badger, NL] of 1959, the Commission of Enquiry on the Logging Industry that followed in 1961 addressed the conditions of the camps, and this eventually led to improved conditions for loggers. Within a few years most of the recommendations of the Commission had been implemented, and many loggers attribute the improved working and living conditions in the logging camps (either directly or indirectly) to the I.W.A. (International Woodworkers of America) strike of 1959."

³ Kenneth Peacock noted that Maxwell Lane was the head of the local union set up by Premier Smallwood to rid Newfoundland of alleged 'union gangsterism' emanating from the United States.


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