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Bake-Apple Time In Newfoundland (Eddie Coffey)

It's the thirtieth day of June on a Sunday afternoon,
While I sit and wonder how I'll spend my time;
As I sit here in jail with a wash pan and a pail,
I could use them both - it's bake-apple picking time.

Oh, when it's bake-apple time in Newfoundland,
As you drive along the road,
And the little ones running freely to and fro;
All the girls are having fun as they pick them one-by-one,
It's the only place where the bake-apple berries grow.

I've been down to Annapolis Valley,
I've picked apples from the trees,
I've seen the oranges down California way;
And in every grocery store you can buy them by the score,
But the bake-apple only grows in Newfoundland.

Oh, when it's bake-apple time in Newfoundland,
As you drive along the road,
And the little ones running freely to and fro;
All the girls are having fun as they pick them one-by-one,
It's the only place where the bake-apple berries grow.

Now we lost our Union Jack and we'll never get it back,
Some say this new one's just a piece of rag;
But if I had my say and designed it my own way,
I'd paint the bake-apple on the Newfie flag.

Oh, when it's bake-apple time in Newfoundland,
As you drive along the road,
And the little ones running freely to and fro;
All the girls are having fun as they pick them one-by-one,
It's the only place where the bake-apple berries grow.

####.... Eddie Coffey of Cuslett, Placentia Bay, NL ....####
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From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Bake-apple - low plant growing in bogs and producing an amber berry in late summer; cloudberry (Rubus chamaemorus).

Note: Although the name bake-apple does seem to be used almost exclusively in Newfoundland, the berry itself can be found in most of the world's circumpolar regions and is usually called the cloudberry. For more information see the Cloudberry Fact Sheet.



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