#03247
No One To Welcome You Home
(Sim & Friends) video
#2009: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

Today I returned to my homeland,
the place of my birth,
Be it ever so humble,
to me it will always come first;
Now there's nobody left there,
the people have all up and gone,
And sadly I stand on the spot
that our house once stood on.

Then I sat on the rock that
for years stood outside our door,
And watched as the sea beats
against the wild rugged shore;
I pictured the boats being
moored in the harbour below,
And the vegetable garden
planted and ready to grow.

When the people all lived there
we had us a neat little town,
If we had a problem,
it seemed everyone would come 'round;
Then we went to their place
when they had one of their own,
We were good friends and neighbours
and that's how it was shown.

I remember our mother out washing
our clothes nice and clean,
It was done on a washboard,
we had no washing machine;
With the clothes on the bushes,
down to the flake she would run,
To turn the salt codfish
before it would burn in the sun.

So, come all you good people who
had moved from your home just like me,
And have travelled and settled
in parts of this big counterie;
And when you go back there to visit
the place you call home,
It's sad but it's true,
there'd be no one to welcome you home.

When the people all lived there
we had us a neat little town,
If we had a problem,
it seemed everyone would come 'round;
Then we went to their place
when they had one of their own,
We were good friends and neighbours
and that's how it was shown.

It's sad but it's true,
there'd be no one to welcome you home.

####.... Fred Northcotte [1938-2010] of Coppett and Ramea Island, NL, and St Catharines, Ontario ....####
Recorded by Sim And Friends featuring Cyril Piercey, Gerald Stoodley, and Tanya and Sim Savory (Bottle Of Wine, trk#7, 2004 CD, recorded at Sim's Studio, Belleoram, NL).

From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Flake - platform built on poles and spread with boughs for drying cod-fish on the foreshore.



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