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Little Pot Stove (Shanneyganock) video
#2222: YouTube video from shanneyganock
©2007 ~ Used with permission ~

Where the winter blizzards blow,
and the whaling fleet's at rest,
In the harbour's sheltered bay,
safely anchored ten abreast;
Where the whalemen at their stations,
as from ship to ship they rove,
Carry bags of coal with them
and a little iron stove.

In that little dark engine room
where the chill seeps in your soul,
How we huddled 'round that little pot stove
that burned oily rags and coal.

Fireman Paddy works with me
on the engine frozen cold,
Stranger to the truth was he,
there's not a lie he hasn't told;
Oh, he boasted of his gold mines
and the hearts that he had won,
And his bawdy sense of humour
shone like a ray of sun.

In that little dark engine room
where the chill seeps in your soul,
How we huddled 'round that little pot stove
that burned oily rags and coal.

Live it seven days a week
with cold hands and frozen feet,
Winter days and lonely nights,
drinking grog and having fights;
Eat saltfish and whale meat sausage,
and fresh gull eggs are a treat,
And we struggle on each day
through the icy winds and sleet.

In that little dark engine room
where the chill seeps in your soul,
How we huddled 'round that little pot stove
that burned oily rags and coal.

Then one day we saw the sun,
we saw the factory ships return,
Met old friends and sang a song;
we hope the journey wasn't long;
Now it's homeward bound and it's over,
and we'll leave this icy hole,
But I always will remember
that little iron stove.

In that little dark engine room
where the chill seeps in your soul,
How we huddled 'round that little pot stove
that burned oily rags and coal.
In that little dark engine room
where the chill seeps in your soul,
How we huddled 'round that little pot stove
that burned oily rags and coal.

####.... Harry Robertson ....####
Harry Robertson [1923-1995] was a Scottish-born, Australian folk-singer/songwriter, poet and activist, who became a key figure in the development of the Australian folk music tradition.

Originally written as Wee Dark Engine Room by Harry Robertson who recorded it on his album Whale Chasing Men; also covered by Nic Jones as The Little Pot Stove on his album Penguin Eggs © INgrooves, Topic Records; also recorded on his 1978 album The Ways of Man by Ed Trickett who wrote: "This song describes the bone-chilling existence of the men who stayed with the ships when they were laid up for the winter, doing routine maintenance and engine overhaul in the clammy, unheated holds of the engine rooms."

This variant was arranged and recorded by Shanneyganock (Fling Out The Flag, trk#8, 2006 CD, produced by Bob Hallett and Independently recorded by Shanneyganock, Logy Bay, NL).

The video above features a live performance by Shanneyganock at the Arts and Culture Center, Gander, Newfoundland in April, 2007.


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