#02054
Pearl River (The Flummies)

Nestling there beneath the pine,
Where the bubbling waters wind,
Dancing gaily by its golden shore,
That's where Pearl River makes its way,
Out into Mulligan Bay,
But nobody lives there anymore.

Nobody lives there,
Nobody lives there,
Nobody lives there anymore;
It was once a trapper's home,
As Pearl River it is known,
But nobody lives there anymore.

Proudly stand the mighty trees,
Swaying gently in the breeze,
As they stood oh so many years ago,
When the children skipped there to and fro,
Oh, so many years ago,
But nobody lives there anymore.

Nobody lives there,
Nobody lives there,
Nobody lives there anymore;
It was once a trapper's home,
As Pearl River it is known,
But nobody lives there anymore.

Where the old home used to stand,
Proudly on that virgin land,
Now flowers bloom and beautify the shore;
You can hear a summer's breeze,
Singing softly in the trees,
But nobody lives there anymore.

Nobody lives there,
Nobody lives there,
Nobody lives there anymore;
It was once a trapper's home,
As Pearl River it is known,
But nobody lives there anymore.

####.... Lyrics by Byron "Fiddler" Chaulk [1935-1993] of Pearl River, Labrador and music by Gerald Mitchell (The Labrador Balladeer) of Makkovik and Happy Valley, Labrador. (One of many of their musical collaborations) ....####
This variant recorded by The Flummies (Way Back Then, trk#5, 2002, KenaMu Records, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL, recorded at Sim's Studio, Belleoram, NL).

Liner Note: Our forefathers hunted and trapped from their shoreline homesteads. Pearl River in Mulligan Bay was one of these, but nobody lives there anymore.


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The original of this song was recorded by Gerald Mitchell on a compilation album with various artists (Our Labrador, trk#10, ©1993, Butter & Snow Productions, Norris Point, NL, recorded at CBC Radio, St John's, NL, and produced by Glen Tilley and Shirley Montague). The album notes that Gerald Mitchell has been credited as being the first person to bring the music of Labrador to the outside world,

Liner note: Thirty-five miles east of Grand Bay lies Pearl River, the birthplace of Byron Chaulk. The general area, referred to as Mulligan, was a thriving settlement until the mid 1950s. Today the place maintains its natural beauty but is now home to just a few cabins. Nearby, the mountain of Mokami protrudes from an otherwise gently rolling landscape.



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