#02440
The Half Door (Labrador Black Spruce) video
See also: The Half Door (Omar Blondahl)
#513: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

Once upon a time in Labrador,
I was fishin' and I went ashore,
To a half door that was open wide,
a welcome to come in there;
"Can I rest me kindly here?" I said,
when this native girl popped out her head,
"God rest you kindly, sir," she said,
"Come in and close the half door."

She removed the upper half of the door,
she set it down upon the floor,
And I wondered what she did it for,
I could not understand her;
She then proceeded to dance a reel,
upon the door the click of her heel,
Resounded clear from stern to keel,
she pleased a Newfoundlander.

So I asked the maid, "Would you marry me?"
"I'd gladly, sir, but can't you see?
I'm much too young for the likes of thee.
Come back when I am older."
But when I was taking the leave of me gear,
she whispered softly in me ear,
"I pray you'll come again in a year,"
and this is what I told her:

"'Tis then I'll be sailing from Newfoundland,
a-fishing your coast and I will land,
To a half door standin' open wide,
a welcome to come in there.
Farewell, me darling now," I said,
when this native girl withdrew her head.
"God guide you back to Labrador,
I'll wait within the half door.
God guide you back to Labrador,
I'll wait within the half door."

~ Musical interlude at a faster pace ~

On a schooner I was fishin'
off the Banks of Labrador,
With the north wind blowin'
we took shelter on the shore;
I came upon a cabin
hangin' two halves of a door,
And a welcome to come in there.

"Can I rest me kindly from the storm,"
I said, when this raven-haired beauty
sort of popped out her head.
"Come in and rest ya down kindly,
sir, and share a bit of bread.
Come in and close the half door."

She wriggled off the top
of her half of the door,
And set it down lightly
on the cabin's wooden floor,
I watched and wondered
but why she did it for,
I could not understand her;

She then proceeded to dance a little reel,
And upon the piece of half door
the clicking of her heel,
Resounded through the cabin
when she cooked a hearty meal,
She pleased a Newfoundlander.

So I asked the maid,
"Would you think to marry me?"
"I would, kind sir, but you can plainly see,
I'm much too young to marry
at the age of ten and three.
Come back when I am older."

With the storm now over
I took leaving with me gear,
When I took a little kiss
she whispered in my ear:
"I pray you'll come and sail
about the harbour in a year."
And this is what I told her:

"I will sail into your harbour
from the isle of Newfoundland,
A-fishing on the Labrador,
and I will surely land;
Come upon a cabin hangin'
two halves of a door,
And a welcome to come in there.

"Farewell, me darling,"
from the half door said,
When this Labrador lass
withdrew her raven head;
"God guide you through
the Labrador Sea," she said,
"I'll wait within the half door.
God guide you through
the Labrador Sea," she said,
"I'll wait within the half door."

####.... Author unknown. Arranged by Willie Arsenault and Ric Burt of Labrador Black Spruce ....####
This slow and fast re-work of a ballad recorded by Omar Blondahl was recorded by Labrador Black Spruce [1989-1999] (Ashuanipi Wish, trk#10, 1995, Black Spruce Music, Labrador City, Labrador, produced by Nando Speranza).

See more songs by Labrador Black Spruce.

A variant was recorded as The Half Door by Omar Blondahl (Once Again For Newfoundland, trk#1, 1967, Melbourne AMLP 4007, Montreal, Quebec).

See more songs by Omar Blondahl.

From Princeton's WordNet:
Half Door - exterior door divided in two horizontally; either half can be opened or closed independently; Dutch door.



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