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Where I Belong (Alan Doyle) videos
#2196 YouTube video by BetweenTheRock
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

Ginny said good-bye this afternoon,
as far as I can tell;
She can't bear the good-bye evenings
and the morning afters of farewell.
And she says, "Here you are another one
to whose back I'm saying cheers;
It's like a death in the family,
and it's been going on for years."

And so I'll cast my leaving shadow,
and I'll be Canadian;
But distance won't decide what matters
to the hard rock's loving son.
And when I'm thinking of St John's,
I'll bring her closer with this song;
I don't know where I'm going,
but I know where I belong.

Oh, don't get the old man started
or I'll have to hide him from the rum;
If you can keep his mind from '49,
well, he'll keep having fun.
Oh, it's not the kids he's cursing,
though I'm his third to leave;
He's mad at Mr Smallwood,
and it's a parent's right to grieve.

And so I'll cast my leaving shadow,
and I'll be Canadian;
But distance won't decide what matters
to the hard rock's loving son.
And when I'm thinking of St John's,
I'll bring her closer with this song;
I don't know where I'm going,
but I know where I belong.

Oh, let's take a moment's silence
for our dear departed souls;
Let's fly our flags at half their mast,
as another young man goes.
The laughter of the children,
supplanted by the rolling ghosts;
Another tide surrenders
to a far and foreign coast.

I told Mom I'd stay close to the cousins
who beat the path from our front door;
One right after the other,
and they won't be back no more.
"But the thing I think I fear the most,"
she whispered in my ear,
"Is being the last flower in the garden
with no one left to care."

And so I'll cast my leaving shadow,
and I'll be Canadian;
But distance won't decide what matters
to the hard rock's loving son.
And when I'm thinking of St John's,
I'll bring her closer with this song;
I don't know where I'm going,
but I know where I belong.
Where I belong.
I don't know where I'm going,
but I know where I belong.

####.... Alan Doyle [b.1969] Petty Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador-born Canadian musician, author, songwriter and actor, and Russell Crowe [b.1964] Wellington, New Zealand-born Australian actor, film producer, songwriter and musician ....####
Recorded by Alan Doyle, (Boy On Bridge, trk#13, 2012 CD, Universal Music Canada in Canada, and Skinner's Hill Music Ltd in the United States).

The video above features a live acapella performance by Alan Doyle at the second Indoor Garden Party show at the Longshoremen's Protective Union Hall, St John's, NL in August of 2011.

On March 31, 1949, Newfoundland officially became part of Canada and on the following day Joey Smallwood, who had led the cause for confederation with Canada, was sworn in as the first Premier of Canada's tenth province.

The video below features a live acapella performance of a variant by Alan Doyle at the third Crowe Doyle Indoor Garden Party at Joe's Pub in New York City on December 8, 2012.


#2212 YouTube video by BetweenTheRock
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~


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