#02933
We Sons Of Labrador (Labrador Black Spruce)
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See also: We Sons Of Labrador (Gerald Mitchell)
#2357: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

The men they are a rare breed
who founded this great land,
They fished and trapped the waterways
from the coast to far inland;
Their snowshoes streaked the endless plains
from fall to early spring,
When they set their traps,
when they blazed their trails,
You could hear their axes ring.

Through the stormy winter days
they always went alone,
For months and months they travelled
so far away from home;
It seemed that nothing stopped them,
bold hearts one and all,
Not raging rivers or rapids
or the mighty waterfalls.

They climbed the highest mountains,
they faced the bitter cold,
To lay another trapline,
the fur it was their goal;
In the spring when they returned
to their loved ones dear,
With open hearts and shouting,
were always waiting there.

You'd ask them why they'd gone
there where no one went before,
It's easy to explain, sir,
we sons of Labrador;
Now, we don't take the credit
for those men true and bold,
Their names are stamped upon this land,
their story has been told.

These men they are our fathers,
and we can't ask for more;
Our heritage we proudly claim,
we sons of Labrador.
Our heritage we proudly claim,
we sons of Labrador.

####.... Byron Chaulk, lyrics; Gerald Mitchell, music ....####
The video above features a variant recorded by Labrador Black Spruce [1989-1999] (Love Of The Land, trk# 9, 1992 Cassette, Black Spruce Music, Labrador City, NL, recorded at Studio F, CBC Radio, St John's, NL, produced by Glen Tilly and engineered by Terry Winsor).

See more songs by Labrador Black Spruce.

Liner Notes: For generations, Byron Chaulk's ancestors lived a traditional lifestyle of trapping, fishing and hunting. Byron wrote this piece as a dedication to his father, one of the many hardy trappers of Labrador.

A variant was also recorded as We Sons Of Labrador by Gerald Mitchell on a compilation album by many artists (Our Labrador, trk#5, 1993, Butter & Snow Productions, produced by Glen Tilley/Shirley Montague, recorded at Studio F, CBC Radio, St John's, NL, and engineered by Terry Winsor).



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