#02680
The Shores Of Newfoundland (Kieran Wade) videos
#990: YouTube video by kjmwade
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

Ah, we are the Irish fishermen
who work out on the deep,
Through the storms and winter gales,
Trying to make a livin'
pullin' codfish from the sea,
And huntin' for the big black whale.

We work out on the Grand Banks
in the sun and wind and rain,
Two thousand miles from our own land;
Fill our holds with salt fish
before headin' back again,
From the shores of Newfoundland.

Ah, but nine long months away from home
no man on board can bear,
A loneliness too hard to stand;
We're gathering up our families
and we're going to settle here,
On the shores of Newfoundland.

And we brought along our stories
and we brought along our songs,
To warm us in the winter cold;
But we won't forget our history, boys,
nor forget where we came from,
Through all the trials that time will bring
throughout the years as we grow old.

For the English guns have brought
our troubled country to despair,
And rule it with an iron hand;
We seek out some safe harbour
and forget about our cares,
On the shores of Newfoundland.

The seas are full of codfish
and the woods are full of deer,
There's a peace that's hard to understand;
We'll take our chance on not being caught
and make a home right here,
On the shores of Newfoundland.

And we brought along our stories
and we brought along our songs,
To warm us in the winter cold;
But we won't forget our history, boys,
nor forget where we came from,
Through all the trials that time will bring
throughout the years as we grow old.

Ah, we are the Irish fishermen
who work out on the deep,
And it's here we'll make our stand;
We're going to make a livin'
pullin' codfish from the sea,
On the shores of Newfoundland.
On the shores of Newfoundland.

####.... © Kieran Wade of Dublin, Ireland (Performing rights administered by SOCAN & IMRO. All rights reserved) ....####
Recorded by TIP Splinter (A Living Tradition : a retrospective 1986-1992, trk#1, 1993, TIP Splinter, Toronto, Ontario); and re-released on Kieran Wade's Across the Western Ocean, trk#1, 2009.

Liner note by Kieran Wade: At an after-gig party once in St John's, I met a man who told me the history of the Irish settlement in Newfoundland. The settlers, mainly from the South-East of Ireland, looked to the sea for their survival, and the settlements were isolated from mainland Canada for so long that the distinctive Irish accents and culture of its people prosper and survive up to the present time. Newfoundland is still a rich source of songs and tunes which have long been forgotten in Ireland.

The video above features a live performance by TIP Splinter at the Rivoli in Toronto, Ontario, with the addition before and after of Traveller's Reel, written by Newfoundland fiddler Rufus Guinchard of Daniel's Harbour, Port Saunders, and Hawkes Bay [1899-1990].

The video below features a performance of a variant by Sean Keane (The Irish Scattering DVD, trk#4, 2008, recorded at the Black Box Theatre, Galway, Ireland, distributed by Proper Distribution).


#1079: YouTube video by kjmwade
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

The video below features an excellent cover performance by Padraig Grimes from Castlebar, Ireland.

#1915: YouTube video by Padraig Grimes
©2017 ~ Used with permission ~


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