#03665
Don't Vote Confederation (Jean Hewson) video
See also: Don't Vote Confederation (Joan Morrissey)
And also: Anti-Confederation Song (Gerald S Doyle)
#2151: YouTube video by gdgest
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(To the tune of A Mother's Love's A Blessing)

A fisher boy was leaving
and going to Labrador,
Fishing on the same old trap berth
where his father fished before;
And as he was leaving his mother
while standing on the quay,
He threw his arms around her neck
and this to her did say:

"Don't vote Confederation,
and that's my prayer to you,
We own the house we live in,
likewise our schooner too;
But if you heed
Joe Smallwood's Canadian patois,
You'll be always paying taxes
to that tribe up in Ottawa.

"But if you heed my warning,
when we come sailing home,
We'll be loaded to the scuppers
and I'll have no need to roam;
I'll buy a new accordion
and we will dance all night,
And the man who mentions Canada,
he sure will have a fight!

"Don't vote Confederation,
and that's my prayer to you,
We own the house we live in,
likewise our schooner too;
But if you heed
Joe Smallwood's Canadian patois,
You'll be always paying taxes
to that tribe up in Ottawa.

"Oh Mother, dearest Mother,
God guard our fishing room,
It is the best one on the coast
from Hebron to Quirpon;
But if Confederation
should win on polling day,
The ghost of Uncle George will rise
and this to you will say:

"Don't vote Confederation,
and that's my prayer to you,
We own the house we live in,
likewise our schooner too;
But if you heed
Joe Smallwood's Canadian patois,
You'll be always paying taxes
to that tribe up in Ottawa.

"So Mother, dearest Mother,
don't let them win you o'er,
And on polling day just mark
your X for good old Terra Nova;
Tell Sarah Jane, fish or no fish,
I'll wed her in the fall,
And Joey's Baby Bonus
will interest me not at all.

"Our life has not been easy
and our fight was hard and long,
But if we have faith in ourselves,
we'll carry right along;
We want no strangers in our crew,
let us be on our way,
And mark your X responsibly
on Referendum Day.

"Now Mother, dearest Mother,
we are Newfoundlanders true,
Our ship is sound from stem to stern
and we can get the crew;
So keep the old flag flying,
and keep her off the land,
As loved our Fathers so we love,
God Guard Thee Newfoundland."

"Don't vote Confederation,
and that's my prayer to you,
We own the house we live in,
likewise our schooner too;
But if you heed
Joe Smallwood's Canadian patois,
You'll be always paying taxes
to that tribe up in Ottawa.

####.... Variant of a poem, originally titled Hero Of '48, written by W P Williams in the Responsible Government League (RGL) party newspaper, The Independent 5 April, 1948, page 6 ....####
Sung to the air of A Mother's Love by Jean Hewson on the album We Will Remain: Patriotic Songs Of Newfoundland, 1998, SingSong, Inc, St John's, NL.

A variant was arranged by Tom Cahill and recorded by Joan Morrissey as Don't Vote Confederaton (Home Brew, trk#3, 1973, Marathon Music Incorporated) recorded with an entirely different song collected by Gerald S Doyle, Anti-Confederation Song, written c.1869.


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