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Hard Times (MacEdward Leach) MIDI, tabs
See also: Hard Hard Times (Dick Nolan)
And also: Hard Hard Times (Wonderful Grand Band)
And also: Hard, Hard Times (Jack Slade)

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So, now I'm intending to sing you a song,
About the poor people, how they get along;
They start in the Spring and they work till the Fall,
And when they clew up they have nothing at all.
And it's hard hard times.

It's out with the jiggers the first of the Spring,
And over the gunwale you can hear the lines ring;
Perhaps now the jigger gets froze with the cold,
And the first of the starting of going in the hole.
And it's hard hard times.

Then out with the traps and the trawls likewise,
Perhaps get a quintal good start for a voyage;
You'll fill up with spirit and work with a will,
Next morning a drifting you're in the hole still.
And it's hard hard times.

When so much is caught it's put out for to dry,
And then comes the labour to keep off the flies;
They will buzz all around and make trouble for you,
And out comes the sun and splits it in two.
And it's hard hard times.

In comes the schooners go get your supply,
It's a good price this summer you'll make a good buy;
Seven dollars for large and five for your small,
Pick out your West Indies and wait till the Fall.
And it's hard hard times.

Then comes the carpenter to build you a house,
He will build it so snug you can scarce see a mouse;
There's a hole in the roof and the rain it will pour,
The chimney will smoke and it's open the door.
And it's hard hard times.

Next comes the doctor the worst of them all,
He says what's the matter with you all the Fall;
He says I will cure you of all your disease,
And when he gets your money you can die if you please.
And it's hard hard times.

Now all you good people you'll work with a will,
For all of us soon will be hauled on the hill;
It's there they will lay us down deep in the cold,
And when you are finished you're in the hole still.
And it's hard hard times.

####.... William James Emberly, 1936 ....####
From Wikipedia:
William James Emberley - (1876-1937) of Bay de Verde, Newfoundland (now Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada). William, son of Joseph Emberley and Jane Emberley (Russell) was a fisherman who experienced the hunger and plight of the Newfoundland fisherman during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The collapse of international markets made it difficult to sell fish at any price, and for years many Newfoundlanders lived on the government dole of six cents a day. William adapted an older song to describe the plight of Newfoundland fishermen during the great Depression and called it Hard, Hard Times. Emberley's verses, which passed quickly into tradition, are a local application of a pattern established by an 18th-century English broadside which ridiculed certain trades and later was adapted often to describe hard times. The Emberley version of Hard, Hard Times has been recorded by Dick Nolan, and was published on page 52 of Edith Fowke's The Penguin Book of Canadian Folk Songs, Harmondsworth, England, 1973).

This variant was sung in 1950 by Michael (Mike) A Kent [1904-1997] of Cape Broyle, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was collected in 1951 from Edward (Ned) Rice [1916-2002] of Cape Broyle, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and published as Hard Times in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.57-59, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved, and also recorded on the album Songs And Ballads Of Newfoundland, Folkways FG 3505, LP (1956) trk#A.05.

From the Dictionary of Newfoundland English:
West Indie - west india; indian; west indee; a grade or 'cull' of dried and salted cod-fish shipped to the West Indies. - Citation from 1955 Newfoundland Fisheries Board Number 23: "Fish which are cracked, but not broken in pieces, may be excessively salted, may show slight slime, sourness, more than slightly skin-heated or sun-burnt, not excessively dun [sic]."

A much longer variant was performed on YouTube as Hard Hard Times by Jack Slade of Wabana, Bell Island, NL.

A variant was arranged and recorded as Hard Hard Times by Dick Nolan (Fisherman's Boy, trk#2, 1972, RCA Records, Toronto, Ontario, produced by Ben Weatherby and recorded at MUN Studios, St John's, Newfoundland).


See more songs by Dick Nolan.

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All guitar tabs have been contributed by visitors to this site and represent their interpretation of the tune. We are unable to verify their accuracy.

So, now [D] I'm intending to [A7] sing you a [D] song,
[D] About the poor people, [G] how they get a-[A] long.
They [D] start in the spring and they [A7] work till the [D] fall,
And [E] when they clew up they have [A] nothing at [D] all,
And it's [A7] hard hard [D] times.


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