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Tickle Cove Pond (Mark Walker) score, MIDIs, videos

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#1683: YouTube video by BardofCornwall
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

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In cutting and hauling, in frost and in snow,
We're up against troubles that few people know;
And only by courage and patience and grit,
And eating plain food can we keep ourselves fit.
The hard and the easy we take as it comes,
And when ponds freeze over we shorten our runs;
To hurry my hauling - the spring coming on,
Near lost me my mare on Tickle Cove Pond.

Lay hold William Oldford, lay hold William White,
Lay hold of the cordage and pull all your might;
Lay hold of the bowline and pull all you can,
And give me a lift for poor Kit on the pond.

I knew that the ice became weaker each day,
But still took the risk and kept hauling away;
One evening in April, bound home with a load,
The mare showed some halting against the ice road.
And knew more than I did as matters turned out,
And lucky for me had I joined her in doubt;
She turned 'round her head and with tears in her eyes,
As if she were saying, "You're risking our lives."

All this I ignored with a whip handle blow,
For man is a stupid dumb creature you know;
The very next minute the pond gave a sigh,
And down to our necks went poor Kitty and I.
For if I had taken wise Kitty's advice,
I never would take the shortcut on the ice;
Poor creature she's dead, poor creature she's gone,
I'll ne'er get my mare out of Tickle Cove Pond.

Lay hold William Oldford, lay hold William White,
Lay hold of the cordage and pull all your might;
Lay hold of the bowline and pull all you can,
And give me a lift for poor Kit on the pond.

So I raised an alarm you could hear for a mile,
And neighbours turned up in a very short while;
You can always rely on the Oldfords and Whites,
To render assistance in all your bad plights.
To help a poor neighbour is part of their lives,
The same I can say for their children and wives;
When the bowline was fastened around the mare's breast,
William White for a shanty song made a request.

There was no time for thinking, no time for delay,
Straight from my head came this song right away:
Lay hold William Oldford, lay hold William White,
Lay hold of the cordage and pull all your might;
Lay hold of the bowline and pull all you can,
And give me a lift for poor Kit on the pond.

Lay hold William Oldford, lay hold William White,
Lay hold of the cordage and pull all your might;
Lay hold of the bowline and pull all you can,
And with that we brought Kit out of Tickle Cove Pond.

####.... Mark Walker [1846-1924] of Tickle Cove, Bonavista Bay, NL ....####
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Published in Gerald S Doyle's Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland: Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers (Second edition, pp.18-19, 1940; Third edition, pp.75-76, 1955).

The video above features a variant arranged by Jesse Ferguson of Cornwall, Ontario, Fredericton, New Brunswick, and Sydney, Nova Scotia.

A variant was recorded by Great Big Sea (The Hard And The Easy, trk#14, 2005, WEA, Toronto, Ontario, distributed by Warner Music Canada, produced by Alan Doyle, Séan McCann & Bob Hallett, and recorded at The Great Big Studio, St John's, NL).

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A variant was recorded by Connemara [1992-1997] (The River, trk#4, 1993, Piper Stock Productions, Torbay, NL, produced by Dermot O'Reilly).

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A variant was arranged and recorded by Omar Blondahl (Down To The Sea Again, trk#3, 1956 LP, Rodeo International, Mount Albert, Ontario, distributed by London Records of Canada);and (16 Songs Of Newfoundland, trk#5, 1959 LP, Banff-Rodeo, Halifax, Nova Scotia, distributed by London Records of Canada); and (Canadian Country Classics: Songs From The Rock, trk#5, 1997 CD, Rodeo Records, Peterborough, Ontario).


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The video below features an excellent cover performance by Stephen Rowe of Heart's Content and Gander, NL.

#194: YouTube video by bodhrannf
©2008 ~ Used with permission ~


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