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New Branches (Allan Rankin)

I remember that morning when the Valiant sailed,
From the banks of the river Humber;
The roll call was taken as we entered the stream,
And those first grey waves rolled under.

I said farewell to my Yorkshire home,
And the mother of an old family;
But she seemed to know it was time to grow,
New Branches on the tree.

When the Valiant came to the headland light,
And I looked at the ocean before us;
I prayed for a seabird to carry me back,
And that night I cursed Columbus.

But an easterly breeze soon filled the sails,
And the dolphins raced so free;
They seemed to know it was time to grow,
New branches on the tree.

New branches on the tree,
New branches on the tree;
They seemed to know it was time to grow,
New branches on the tree.

This ocean of life can be stormy and dark,
If you try to cross it alone;
Those wintry gales can drive you astray,
And chill you to the bone.

But I found a companion with a golden heart,
Her name was Arabella;
She seemed to know it was time to grow,
New branches on the tree.

On the 61st day we gathered on deck,
Captain Ezard raised up his hand;
There in the fog like daggers of stone,
Lay the capes of Newfoundland.

But we steered away in search of the Gulf,
And the island of our dreams;
For we seemed to know it was time to grow,
New branches on the tree.

New branches on the tree,
New branches on the tree;
They seemed to know it was time to grow,
New branches on the tree.

Now I sit here an old man, a servant of God,
In this settlement of Tryon;
The family tree is rooted and grown,
And my immigrant work is done.

I wait for that day not far away,
When Heaven's sweet trumpet will call;
And I make sail again for a promised land,
Leaving one kingdom for another.

New branches on the tree,
New branches on the tree;
They seemed to know it was time to grow,
New branches on the tree.

New branches on the tree,
New branches on the tree;
They seemed to know it was time to grow,
New branches on the tree.

####.... Allan Rankin. Performing rights administered by SOCAN. All rights reserved ....####
Recorded by Allan Rankin (New Branches ©1995, Wild Garden Music).

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From Wikipedia
Tryon - unincorporated area in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Situated on Route 1 and Route 10, it lies within the township of Lot 28 which in 2006 had a population of 880 people. Tryon is not far from Crapaud, Prince Edward Island. The area is mostly rural. Tryon was named after William Tryon [1729-1788] an American colonial governor who also served in Canada. There are three churches, one Baptist, one United and one Anglican. Both are noted architectural works by William Critchlow Harris. The United Church was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1990. The local Tryon River Watershed Co-operative is active in preserving and enhancing the Tryon River. In 1856, Charles E. Stanfield and his brother-in-law Samuel Dawson founded Tryon Woollen Mills in Tryon. Charles sold his interest to Samuel a decade later and moved to Truro, Nova Scotia where he founded the well-known Stanfields Underwear, which still operates.



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