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The True Newfoundlander (Ray Broderick)
See also: A Tribute To Joe Smallwood (Kevin Collins)

I'll sing a song about a man,
I know you'll all agree,
Born and raised in Newfoundland,
he'll go down in history;
In a place that we call Gambo town
on the east coast of our Isle,
He lived there with his family,
but he was but a child.

His name is Joey Smallwood,
now this person you do know,
There was a time when a lot of us
liked to see him go;
He went away, but not forgot,
as time alone will tell,
He did his job and, don't forget,
he did it mighty well.

Joey, Joey Smallwood, I know you'll always be,
Fond of Newfoundlanders' hearts and a part of history.

He joined the boundaries of our land
by adding one lost link,
He brought in jobs, created work,
now just yet stop and think;
Now, Deer Lake and Wabush town
and Churchill at a glance,
Now, don't forget the Newfie Pride,
our booming Come-By-Chance.

Now, baby bonus and welfare cheques,
as a lot of people thought,
Did not come from Joey's hand,
although he gave a lot;
Like a better isle for us to live
with a lot less idle time,
A better place to raise your kids
and a better place for mine.

Joey, Joey Smallwood, I know you'll always be,
Fond of Newfoundlanders' hearts and a part of history.

So call him this and call him that...
call him what you may,
A man like Joey Smallwood will never go away;
But when he does, our final words surely then will be,
Good old Joey Smallwood, you're part of history.

Joey, Joey Smallwood, I know you'll always be,
Fond of Newfoundlanders' hearts and a part of history.

####.... Ray Broderick of Freshwater, NL ....####
Recorded by Ray Broderick at Echo Studios, St John's, NL (The True Newfoundlander, trk#1, 1974, Buckshot Records, Toronto, Ontario).

From Wikipedia:
Joseph Roberts "Joey" Smallwood [1900-1991] - main force that brought Newfoundland into Canadian Confederation, and first Premier of Newfoundland (1949-1972).



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