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The Tracks Of Spaniard's Bay (Harry Coombs)

In a beautiful town we call Spaniard's Bay,
There's a legend of courage and fame;
A small group of men set out one cold day,
To help loved ones ease the burden of pain.

Hunger and cold could be felt all around,
When the young men set out on their way,
In search of a train that runs through our town,
To find food for their loved ones that day.

Relief at that time could seldom be found,
And the young men stretched out on their way,
To tear up the tracks that ran through our town,
To find food for their loved ones that day.

The law was then called to enter our town,
And hold captive our men from the bay;
But courage and love was displayed all around,
To find food for their loved ones that day.

The men of our town got nine months in jail,
For helping their families that way;
With hunger and pain the men did prevail,
To find food for their loved ones that day.

Because of the stand of a small group of men,
Relief was then passed all around;
Officials and all had finally stepped in,
To bring help to this beautiful town.

Yes, because of the stand of a small group of men,
Relief was then passed all around;
Officials and all had finally stepped in,
To bring help to this beautiful town.

To bring help to this beautiful town.

####.... Harry Coombs from Spaniard's Bay, NL ....####
Recorded by Harry Coombs (Baccalieu Trail, trk#6, 1994 Cassette, Independent, recorded at Wildfinger Productions, Roaches Line, and manufactured by SWC Productions, English Harbour West).

From Wikipedia:
Spaniard's Bay - town in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, located on the northwest side of Conception Bay and consisting of Vokey's Shore, Northern Cove, Mint Cove, Green Head, and Goddenville. The name Spaniard's Bay came from the Basque and Portuguese fishermen who frequented the port in the 16th century and 17th century, and were referred to by the English as Spaniards.

From Decks Awash, Volume 9, number 6, December 1980, pp.8-9, published by the Extension Service, Memorial University of Newfoundland:
In 1933, during the depression, men from Victoria and nearby communities of Salmon Cove and Freshwater held meetings on the hills between Victoria and Carbonear to sign petitions to send to government demanding an increase in relief payments (six cents per day). When this action brought no results the men decided to pay a visit to the welfare officer in Carbonear. The men were in a state of high dudgeon, and when the welfare officer did nothing for them, they went to the home of the local MHA. They picked him up body and bones, brought him into town, forcing him to call St. John's demanding more payments. While the older men were at this, the young fellows broke into several stores in the downtown area, and a riot began. The MHA called St. John's for the police, and police were sent out by train. Someone among the rioters placed a call to Spaniard's Bay asking for assistance, and the people of that community began tearing up the train track to delay the arrival of the police. The tactic was successful as by the time the police had the track repaired and arrived in Carbonear, everything was quiet. Eventually, however, some of the hooligans were brought to trial and spent six months in jail.



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