#03387
Hard Hard Times (Dick Nolan ) videos
See also: Hard Hard Times (Wonderful Grand Band)
And also: Hard Times (MacEdward Leach)
And also: Hard Hard Times (Jack Slade)
#2112: YouTube video by quickaccent2006
©2012 ~ Used with permission ~

Come all you good people I'll sing you a song,
About the poor people, how they get along;
They'll start in the Spring, finish up in the Fall,
And when it's all over they got nothin' at all.
And it's hard hard times.

Go out in the mornin', go on if it's still,
It's over the side you'll hear the line knell;
For out goes the jigger and freezes the cold,
And as for the startings all gone in the hole.
And it's hard hard times.

The fine side of fishing we'll have by and by,
The fine side of fishing we'll have a good buy;
Seven dollars for large and six-fifty for small,
Take out your West Indie, you've nothing at all.
And it's hard hard times.

When you got some spearin' they're hung out to dry,
It'll take all your time to brush off the flies;
To keep off the flies it is more than you'll do,
Then out comes the sun and she all splits in two.
And it's hard hard times.

Then next comes the carpenter to build you a house,
He'll build her so snug you'll scarce find a mouse;
With holes in the roof and the rain it will pour,
The chimney will smoke and it's open the door.
And it's hard hard times.

Then next comes the doctor the worst one of all,
Saying what is the matter with you all this Fall;
Says he will cure you of all your disease,
When the money he's got you can die if you please.
And it's hard hard times.

The best thing to do is to work with a will,
For when it's all finished you're hauled on the hill;
You're hauled on the hill and put down in the cold,
And when it's all finished you're still in the hole.
And it's hard hard times.

####.... William James Emberley, 1936 ....####
From Wikipedia:
William James Emberley - [1876-1937] of Bay de Verde, Newfoundland (now Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada). William, son of Joseph Emberley and Jane Emberley (Russell) was a fisherman who experienced the hunger and plight of the Newfoundland fisherman during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The collapse of international markets made it difficult to sell fish at any price, and for years many Newfoundlanders lived on the government dole of six cents a day. William adapted an older song to describe the plight of Newfoundland fishermen during the Great Depression and called it Hard, Hard Times. Emberley's verses, which passed quickly into tradition, are a local application of a pattern established by an 18th-century English broadside which ridiculed certain trades and later was adapted often to describe hard times. The Emberley version of Hard, Hard Times was published on page 52 of Edith Fowke's The Penguin Book of Canadian Folk Songs, Harmondsworth, England, 1973).

This variant was recorded by Dick Nolan (Fisherman's Boy, trk#2, 1972, RCA Records, Toronto, Ontario, produced by Ben Weatherby and recorded at MUN Studios, St John's, Newfoundland)


See more songs by Dick Nolan.

A variant was sung by Michael A (Mike) Kent [1904-1997] of Cape Broyle, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was collected in 1951 from Edward (Ned) Rice [1916-2002] of Cape Broyle, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and published as Hard Times in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.57-59, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved, and also recorded on the album Songs And Ballads Of Newfoundland, Folkways FG 3505, LP (1956) trk#A.05.

A variant was performed on YouTube as Hard, Hard, Times by Jack Slade.

From the Dictionary of Newfoundland English:
West Indie - west india; indian; west indee; a grade or 'cull' of dried and salted cod-fish shipped to the West Indies. - Citation from 1955 Newfoundland Fisheries Board Number 23: "Fish which are cracked, but not broken in pieces, may be excessively salted, may show slight slime, sourness, more than slightly skin-heated or sun-burnt, not excessively dun [sic]."

The video below features a similar variant by Alan Mills (Folk Songs Of Newfoundland, trk#9, 1958, Folkway Records And Service Corporation, New York, NY).


#1379: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~


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