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Lure Of The Shore (Ralph Walker) video
#1879: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

From St Mary's Bay to the Great Barachois,
And the cold coast along Labrador,
From Wabush to Gander,
every true Newfoundlander,
Knows the wonderful lure of our shore.

For four hundred years,
through smiles, toils, and tears,
Our forefathers fought to endure;
This culture and history is really no mystery,
It's part of the lure of our shore.

Our people may roam far away from their home,
And some won't return anymore;
But a tear fills their eye, when they sing
I'se The B'y,
And they're feeling the lure of our shore.

We're a fine hardy race, seeking our rightful place,
For a province with riches galore;
Then we'll share with our nation
without reservation,
The wonderful lure of our shore.

We strive for the time when the sun,
yes, it will shine,
And have not will be with us no more;
This wish for true worth in the land of our birth,
Is the core of the lure of our shore.

Next time you stand for the ode to our land,
To give it feelings like never before,
Leave the rafters long ringing,
With the sound of your singing,
And be proud of the lure of our shore.

The next time you stand for the ode to our land,
Give it feelings like never before,
Leave the rafters long ringing,
With the sound of your singing,
And be proud of the lure of our shore.
Yes, be proud of the lure of our shore.
Be proud of the lure of our shore.

####.... Terry Hynes / Ralph Walker ....####
This song was recorded on an album made by the former mayor of St John's, his worship John Murphy, who spoke on the album about his city with original music composed and performed by Ralph Walker (Back To My Home, trk#9, 1988 cassette, Independent, St John's, NL).

In 1986 Terry Hynes wrote the original words as a poem titled Lure Of Our Shore which were included on a dinner menu for a provincial Progressive Conservative convention. Ralph Walker put them to music with the title Lure Of The Shore.

In his early career John Murphy [1922-2010] was a broadcaster. He went on to become a successful businessman, building the iconic Arcade discount store chain. He was president of the St John's Board of Trade and an active member of The Stokers Group of the St John's Rotary Club for over 50 years. He served on the city's council from 1973 to 1997, and was first elected mayor in 1981. He became known for his amiable style and his willingness to stand his ground against other councillors, particularly longtime debating rival and former mayor, Andy Wells. Murphy served as mayor for a total of 13 years between 1981 and 1997. He left politics in 1990, but returned in 1993 to defeat incumbent Shannie Duff in the mayoralty race and served a final term in the mayor's chair. In 1985 Murphy became a Member of the Order of Canada, and in 2005 received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He was most proud of the Freedom Of The City Of St John's which was conferred upon him at City Hall in June of 2010.



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