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Old Sunday Dinner (Martin Family) video
#291: YouTube video by Brian Martin
©2012 ~ Used with permission ~

A sweet fragrant fancy of days long remembered,
Carries me back to my home o'er the sea;
When I was a boy, so young and light-hearted,
And cares came and went like a merry sunbeam.

There's one thing I know I'll always remember,
It's all that was left of the fire's dying glow;
Yes, there's one thing I know I'll always remember,
Was that old Sunday dinner a long time ago.

Our table was set with the best we could boast of,
Our bread was as white as the first fall of snow;
There was plenty for twenty,
and we made the most of,
That old Sunday dinner a long time ago.

Well, on Saturday night my mother and father,
Would both go to market, but not to stay long;
And I would be left in the care of my brother,
And he, the poor soul, to me would sing a song.

And when they returned
with their baskets o'erflowing,
We would each get an apple, then wanted to know:
What we'd have for dinner,
though hints they were throwing,
At that old Sunday dinner a long time ago.

Our table was set with the best we could boast of,
Our bread was as white as the first fall of snow;
There was plenty for twenty,
and we made the most of,
That old Sunday dinner a long time ago.

Well, it's been many years
since I last saw the cabin,
That housed my dear father, my mother and all;
The fiddle, the flute, the old piper playing,
It's all just a memory, but nice to recall.

The old folks are gone, and the fiddles are silent,
No more by the flagstone will the dancers go;
Ah, but though they're all gone,
I still can remember,
That old Sunday dinner a long time ago.

Everybody sing in!

Our table was set with the best we could boast of,
Our bread was as white as the first fall of snow;
There was plenty for twenty,
and we made the most of,
That old Sunday dinner a long time ago.
That old Sunday dinner a long time ago.

####.... Traditional words and music by John Carroll, Copyright ©1889, by M Witmark & Sons, with sheet music listed for sale for 40¢ in their Complete Catalogue of Music published by M Witmark & Sons, proprietors of the Witmark Music Library, Witmark Building, 8 West 29th Street, New York, and Schiller Theatre Building, Chicago, with Addenda to August 1st, 1899 ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by the Martin Family of Flatrock, NL (Make Yourself At Home, trk#11, 2011 CD, Independent, recorded at Record Time Productions, St John's, NL).

From Wikipedia:
Flatrock town in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador with a population of 1,457 in the Canada 2011 Census. Most of the people in Flatrock are of Irish descent, but there are some families who are descended from the few Norwegian settlers who came to Flatrock in the 1800s. Irish heritage is still strong today and can be seen in such things as religion, folkways, music, and dialect.
M Witmark & Sons - leading publisher of sheet music for the United States Tin Pan Alley music industry established in New York City in 1886. Father Marcus Witmark was the legal head of the company, but from the beginning it was run by his sons Isidore, Julius, and Jay who were under legal age when the company started (ranging in age from 17 to 14 years old). They started out publishing their own compositions. They were adept at plugging songs and, within a few years, were publishing the works of such composers as Victor Herbert, George M. Cohan, Ben Harney and John Walter Bratton. Witmark originated the practice of giving free professional copies of their new music to famous and established singers and bands, which proved so successful an advertising method that it was copied by the rest of the music publishers. When the International Copyright Law was passed in 1891, Witmark pioneered publishing versions of British music in the United States and arranging for American hits to be published in the UK. In 1929, M Witmark was purchased by Warner Bros who merged its music publishing companies (which included Witmark, Remick, and Harms) into one company, Warner Bros Music (now Warner/Chappell Music).



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