#02946
Spring In The Cove (Labrador Black Spruce)
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#1723: YouTube video by newlabboy
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The smell as the fishermen barked their cod traps,
And the Mayflower wakes
from its long winter's nap;
When the old gravel road was covered in mud,
'Twas Spring in the cove, the time that I loved.

All hands were out fencin'
as the frost left the ground,
And the sound from the mallet
as the stakes were drove down;
When the slide and the sleigh were all put away,
And the long cart made ready to haul in the hay.

When the rivers were swollen
and rushed to the sea,
The quilts on the line blew in the breeze;
The wood piles were gone,
and the birds sang their song,
'Twas Spring in the cove, the time I loved.

The iceberg has foundered, but hangs on the shoal,
Then the wind on the land is sure to blow cold;
While back on the beach the old fishermen,
Were scrapin' and corkin' and painting again.

Late in the evening on our bikes we would ride,
Down to the wharf, we'd wait for high tide;
The young and the old, we'd heave and we'd holler,
As the boat left the slip to be moored on the collar.

When the rivers were swollen
and rushed to the sea,
The quilts on the line blew in the breeze;
The wood piles were gone,
and the birds sang their song,
'Twas Spring in the cove, the time I loved.

When the rivers were swollen
and rushed to the sea,
The quilts on the line blew in the breeze;
The wood piles were gone,
and the birds sang their song,
'Twas Spring in the cove, the time I loved.

####.... R Harvey and S Harvey ....####
Recorded by Labrador Black Spruce [1989-1999] (Ashuanipi Wish, trk#2, 1995, Black Spruce Music, Labrador City, Labrador, produced by Nando Speranza).

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From the Dictionary of Newfoundland English:
Barked - immersed a fish-net, sail, etc, in the liquid formed by boiling the bark and buds of a conifer, as a preservative; steeped in an infusion of bark; tanned.
Collar - ¹ anchor, chain and rope attached by means of a loop or bight to a buoy and to bow of boat and used to moor the craft in a harbour; frequently with defining word boat; mooring; ² location where a boat is anchored; berth; usually in phrase on the collar; a place near shore where boats are moored for safety; a boat is said then to be on the collar.
Corking also: Carking - making tight against leakage; caulking; wedging (material) in seams to prevent leakage.
Slide - sled with stout wooden runners curved up in front, hauled in the winter by dogs, horse or man, used esp for carting wood and other heavy loads.

From Wikipedia:
Mayflower or Trailing Arbutus - (Epigaea repens) native flower throughout eastern North America, from Labrador to Manitoba and south to Florida and Mississippi. Mayflowers are terminal clusters of fragrant pink or white flowers. The name Mayflower was in tradition given to Epigaea repens by the Pilgrim Fathers after their ship the Mayflower; the plant was abundant where the ship landed at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts. For this reason, it was chosen to be the state flower of Massachusetts. It is also the provincial flower of Nova Scotia. The name Trailing Arbutus reflects its similarity to the trees in the related genus Arbutus, while being much smaller and prostrate on the ground.



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