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Newfoundland Autumn (The Sharecroppers) videos
#54: YouTube video by loveandlaughterlynda ©2008
~ Used with permission ~

Trees are turning early, and the hills are all ablaze,
The bogs are hard and frosty, and the ponds all topped with haze;
The moose stew is simmerin' slowly, and the rabbit leads are fresh,
Cool, crisp air down in your lungs, can't help but feel you're blessed.

The wood is piling higher than the chimneys have been swept,
The stores are getting crowded with just sixty shopping days left;
The kids are getting anxious with the thought of jingle bells,
The mummers will show and old St Nick, hope all the folks are well.

A Newfoundland autumn really makes you come alive,
The turres, the moose, the berries make you glad it has arrived;
With a beanie on your forehead and the vamps upon your feet,
Let's head into the woods, boys, this life is hard to beat.

The almanac calls for weather that would make your skin turn blue,
All the better, says the boys, for weekends on ski-doo;
You can sit around and sulk and whine, and never do a thing,
Or grab a fiddle and tap those feet, and then begin to sing.

A Newfoundland autumn really makes you come alive,
The turres, the moose, the berries make you glad it has arrived;
With a beanie on your forehead and the vamps upon your feet,
Let's head into the woods, boys, this life is hard to beat.

Now, you may think it's crazy that a man would prefer this,
To the heat in a Florida condo or a walk on a sandy beach;
But the sights and the sounds of autumn are a treat on every shore,
Just take a deep breath and look around, and you'll be back for more.

A Newfoundland autumn really makes you come alive,
The turres, the moose, the berries make you glad it has arrived;
With a beanie on your forehead and the vamps upon your feet,
Let's head into the woods, boys, this life is hard to beat.

A Newfoundland autumn really makes you come alive,
The turres, the moose, the berries make you glad it has arrived;
With a beanie on your forehead and the vamps upon your feet,
Let's head into the woods, boys, this life is hard to beat.
Let's head into the woods, boys, this life is hard to beat.
[spoken: This life is some shockin' hard to beat.]
Let's head into the woods, boys, this life is hard to beat.

####.... Ed Humber of The Sharecroppers. Performing rights administered by SOCAN. All rights reserved ....####
Recorded by The Sharecroppers of Pasadena, NL (Natural, trk#7, 1993, Ibycus Music, St John's NL, independent distribution).

See more songs by The Sharecroppers.

From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Mummers - elaborately costumed and disguised persons who participate in various group activities at Christmas.
Turr, turre - one of several sea-birds hunted as food; Atlantic common murre; baccalieu bird (Uria aalge aalge).
Vamp - short, thick woolen oversock, worn in boots to prevent chafing or around the house as a slipper.

The video below features an informative and entertaining clip made at the Newfoundland Emporium, for a 1991 Cable Atlantic Television special. At the end of the clip, during the credits for the television special, watch as The Sharecroppers come face to face with a roll of newsprint gone wild.


#1167: YouTube video by sharecroppermike ©2010
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