#02888
Tishialuk Girls (The Flummies) videos
See also: Tishialuk Girls Set (Great Big Sea)
#1376: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

Aunt Meg wants me to wed her daughter,
Take from me my heart's delight;
Give me a girl from Tishialuk,
Shines in my eyes like diamonds bright.

Tishialuk girls are neat and tidy,
Tishialuk girls they won't last long;
Tishialuk girls will come in handy,
When Sam Cove is dead and gone.

Watch his eye for better earning,
Watch his eye for a Herman or John;
Watch his eye for the burn pine people,
All I want is a Tishialuk girl.

Tishialuk girls are neat and tidy,
Tishialuk girls they won't last long;
Tishialuk girls will come in handy,
When Sam Cove is dead and gone.

If your Wolfrey lives in Molliak,
Seven pounds of flour it is we got;
Nothing glittery on the gun she sold ya,
That's how they live in Molliak.

Tishialuk girls are neat and tidy,
Tishialuk girls they won't last long;
Tishialuk girls will come in handy,
When Sam Cove is dead and gone.

Made up this song on Monday morning,
Sung this song on Tuesday night;
Made up the song in the Ochre Brook,
Sung in remembrance of Charlie Lloyd.

Tishialuk girls are neat and tidy,
Tishialuk girls they won't last long;
Tishialuk girls will come in handy,
When Sam Cove is dead and gone.

####.... Charlie Lloyd, c.1930 ....####
This variant recorded by The Flummies (This Is The Life For Me, trk#3, 2007, produced by Tunker Campbell and The Flummies, and published by The Flummies of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL, recorded, mixed, mastered, and engineered by Tunker Campbell at Mukluk Studios).

Notes: Published in Songs From Labrador, edited and compiled by Dr. Tim Borlase, retired director of The Labrador Institute, Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador (Goose Lane Editions, Fredericton, New Brunswick, in association with the Labrador East Integrated School Board, 1993), and originally performed by Northern Mosaic, an acappella women's group, comprised of eight members of the Northern Harmony Choir (Under The Labrador Sky, 1999). Tishialuk was near Rigolet, on Hamilton Inlet in Central Labrador.

From The Long Labrador Trail, by Dillon Wallace ©1917, chapter 23, page 222, Back To Northwest River, we learn Tishialuk is south of the coastal community of Makkovik, 30 miles north of Big Bight which is 15 miles north of Rigolet. Rigolet, according to local maps, is 160 miles northeast of Happy Valley-Goose Bay. When Dillon Wallace's expedition travelled this area in the summer of 1905, they found a miserable hut in Big Bight, where the people were indescribably poor and dirty. At Tishialuk there was a single hovel occupied by two brothers - John and Sam Cove - and their sister. Their only food was flour, and a limited quantity of that.

A brief variant was also recorded with two instrumentals as Tishialuk Girls Set by Great Big Sea (The Hard And The Easy, trk#9, 2005, recorded at Great Big Studio, St John's, NL).


See more songs by Great Big Sea.

The video below features a variant by the Amabile Youth Singers, a 60-voice choir for females ages 12-23, founded in 1985 by John Barron and Brenda Zadorsky in London, Ontario.

#1410: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~


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