#03084
Cape Breton Newfoundlander (Bob Reid)

Lend an ear, me b'ys, and if you're wise,
Your minds they won't meander;
You won't make fun, you son-of-a-gun,
'Cause I'm a Cape Breton Newfoundlander.

Cape Bretoners rule the coal mines deep,
And we're the seas' commanders;
We fish today out of old Glace Bay,
And we're Cape Breton Newfoundlanders.

From Ingonish down to Morien Town,
We sail the seas gigantic;
On snappers fast and Newfoundland jacks,
The pride of the Atlantic.

They serve our swordfish round the world,
There's lobsters and tomatoes;
And who can beat that island treat,
Salt herring and potatoes?

Cape Bretoners rule the coal mines deep,
And we're the seas' commanders;
We fish today out of old Glace Bay,
And we're Cape Breton Newfoundlanders.

We sail the Atlantic high and low,
While the miners work down under;
From the crack of dawn we carry on,
Through lightning, storms and thunder.

When times were right and the wharf packed tight,
With boats from Newfie and farther,
What more could you wish than a hold of fish,
A-sailing into the harbour?

Cape Bretoners rule the coal mines deep,
And we're the seas' commanders;
We fish today out of old Glace Bay,
And we're Cape Breton Newfoundlanders.

But now she's rough and a schooner ain't enough,
You can't keep up with a trawler;
So I'll fish a bit and work in the pit,
And maybe I'll earn a dollar.

Now if you're in the bay, hurry down I say,
Come aboard and take a gander;
We might be loud but we're bloody well proud,
That we're Cape Breton Newfoundlanders.

Cape Bretoners rule the coal mines deep,
And we're the seas' commanders;
We fish today out of old Glace Bay,
And we're Cape Breton Newfoundlanders.

####.... Lorne Johnson from a 1952 Cape Breton Songs radio contest at CJCB 1270 AM, Sydney, Nova Scotia ....####
This variant was recorded by Bob Reid as the title track to his 1990 Cape Breton Newfoundlander album.

A lively variant was recorded by The Carlton Showband (Carlton Showband At The Pig 'N' Whistle, trk#6, 1969). The Pig 'N' Whistle was a television show broadcast from CFTO-TV in Toronto, Ontario [1967-1977] and would be one of the highest rated shows in the CTV collection. The Carlton Show Band were regularly featured.

From the Dictionary of Newfoundland English:
Newfoundland Jack - bluff, two-masted, decked vessel, schooner-rigged and varying from thirteen to fifteen tons, used for various fisheries purposes, and usually carried one dory, three men for crew, and had an external rudder.
Snapper - type of fishing boat of the long-liner type which was added to the fleet in the 1940s. It was from forty to forty-five feet in the keel, and was used for fishing away from home. It was also used for carrying on the fishery after the Trepassey fishery failed [ca.1988-1991]. The boats first went to the Glace Bay and Dingwall areas of Nova Scotia from April to November. They fished by means of long lines and sold their catches to the fresh-fish producing plants in that area.

From Wikipedia:
Trepassey - small fishing community located in Trepassey Bay on the south eastern corner of the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland and Labrador. The name originates from the French word trépassés, meaning 'dead men'. It is believed that it acquired this name due to the many shipwrecks that have occurred off its coast.

Additional Notes:
Ingonish is located just southeast of the Cape Breton Highlands in the north of Nova Scotia. Morien is a port town approximately 113 kms (70 miles) southeast of Ingonish, just south of Sydney, Nova Scotia.



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