#02658
Long The Shore Man (The Flummies) video
#1658: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

I am a long the shore man,
I'm going to sing my song,
I want you all to understand
how we do get along;
We set out all our seal nets
before the fur is prime,
The skin that we don't use for boots
we turn to sealskin line.


We harness up our dogs,
that's the way we get around;
We always have them fattened up
for when we go in town.
We harness up our dogs
and we go to all our traps;
We're always looking for a fox
and nothing strange as cat.

We do not get no martins here,
the woods it is so scarce;
Every long the shore man
has a dollar in his purse.
Don't take a girl from in the town,
they dresses up so fine;
Take a girl from long the shore -
can cut your sealskin line.
Don't take a girl from up the bay,
don't take them by their looks;
Take a girl from down the bay -
can make your sealskin boots.

Nath White he challenged Jim,
the biggest challenge yet;
But Jimmy Gear he didn't know
until his second trip.
And when his second trip was up,
he done it mighty quick;
He had a jolly good old time
on his dogs and komatik.

Here comes a man from Gillard's Bight,
and boys don't he look warm;
He got his sealskin cossacks on -
he calls his uniform.
He got his sealskin cossacks on,
his pants and mitts and boots;
He got the proper rigout on -
what he has for after chooks.
They asked him would he sell the suit -
he said the price was high;
For he chanced his life out on the ice
to get the seal or die.

I am a long the shore man,
I'm going to sing my song,
I want you all to understand
how we do get along;
We set out all our seal nets
before the fur is prime,
The skin that we don't use for boots
we turn to sealskin line.

####.... Hiram White [1905-1975] a settler whose Innu name was Tshakashue from Tshakashue Point (now Adams Point) where he had a house along the shore on Mud Lake, approximately 18 kms (11 mi) east of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador ....####
Recorded by The Flummies (Way Back Then, trk#4, 2002, Kenamu Records, Happy Valley - Goose Bay, Labrador, engineered and mastered by Sim Savory and produced by The Flummies - All rights reserved).

Liner Note: Every man and every woman in early Labrador were expected to be good providers.


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From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Chook - a call to pigs; also chooky - a child's name for a pig.
Cossack - kind of shoe or boot without loose tongues; bluchers; footwear made by cutting the legs off a pair of old rubber boots at the ankle, so they look like shoes; also cossock, cod-sock, cozzock.
Komatik - long sled, adopted in northern Newfoundland and especially Labrador for winter travel and hauled by dogs or sometimes men; sledge for hauling wood; Eskimo sled; Also comatic, comatick, commeteck, kamutik, kometik, etc.; Labrador Inuit qamutik 'sled'.



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