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Home To Bell Island (Terry Parsons)
#936: YouTube video by terrybenjaminparsons
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

Walk down by the Legion,
Meet old friends of mine;
We'll laugh and cheer and chug our beer,
And remember the old times.

Take me home to Bell Island,
My friends will all soon be there;
It's been some time since they closed the mines,
And I'd like to see you there.

Remember old Billy Parsons?
Boy, he was quite the hand;
He worked like the slave. God bless his grave,
Let me tell ya he was quite the man.

Yes, take me home to Bell Island,
My friends will all soon be there;
It's been some time since they closed the mines,
And I'd like to see you there.

Take me down in the ore mine
Once before I die;
Let me feel the damp air and these words I hear,
To remember for old times.

Yes, take me home to Bell Island,
My friends will all soon be there;
It's been some time since they closed the mines,
And I'd like to see you there.

Yes, take me home to Bell Island,
My friends will all soon be there;
It's been some time since they closed the mines,
And I'd like to see you there.

####.... Terry Parsons of Bell Island and Mount Pearl, NL, 1995. Performance rights administered by SOCAN. All Rights Reserved. ©2007 by Beacon Point Music, Bell Island, NL ....####
The video above features Terry Parsons and Kelly Russell at Beacon Point, Bell Island, NL.

A variant was recorded by Irish Thorn with Terry Parsons, Tom Reese and Clayton Kennedy (Sea Tales, trk#1, 1995, Independent, Mount Pearl, NL).

The Wabana iron ore mine operated from 1895 to 1949 on Bell Island, NL.

From William Coveduck's Families Of Newfoundland:
Wabana - from the Abnaki words wabunaki (eastland) and waban (the dawn) meaning 'morning land', or the place where the sun first rises - the name Thomas Cantley of the New Glasgow Company christened the Bell Isle mine site in 1895; used in reference to Dominion Wabana Ore Limited, a subsidiary of Hawker Siddeley Canada Ltd.



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