#03613
Hard Hard Times (Wonderful Grand Band) video
See also: Hard Hard Times (Jack Slade)
And also: Hard Hard Times (Dick Nolan)
And also: Hard Times (MacEdward Leach)
#2422: YouTube video by foundasimplecure
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

Come all you good people, I'll sing you a song,
About the poor people, how they get along;
They fish in the spring, finish up in the fall,
And when it's all over they have nothin' at all.
Go out in the morning, and the wind it will sing,
And it's over the side you will hear the line ring;
Out flows the jigger, freeze with the cold,
And asking for starch, and all gone in the hole.
And it's hard, hard times. And it's hard times.

Poor fisherman he's been out all of the day,
Come in in the evening, boats sail off the bay;
Find Kate in the corner with a wink and a nod,
Saying, "Jimmy or John, have you got any cod?"
And then next comes the merchant
to see your supply,
The fine side of fishing you'll see by and by;
Seven dollars for large, and four-fifty for small,
You pick out your West Indies
and you've nothing at all.
And it's hard, hard times. And it's hard times.

The carpenter claims he can build you a house,
And he'll build it so snug
you will scarce find a mouse;
With holes in the roof
and the rain it will pour,
And the chimney will smoke,
and it's open the door.
Open the door....

And next comes the doctor, the worst of them all,
Saying, "What's been the matter
with you since the fall?"
He says he can cure you of all your disease,
And when your money's all gone,
then you can die if you please.
So the best thing to do is to work with a will,
When it's all over and we're hauled on the hill;
And we're hauled on the hill,
and put down in the cold,
And you're dead in your grave,
but you're still in the hole.
And it's hard, hard times.
And it's hard times.

My, how it's hard. It's hard, hard times.

####.... William James Emberly, 1936 ....####
From Wikipedia:
William James Emberley - (1876-1937) of Bay de Verde, Newfoundland (now Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada). Son of Joseph Emberley and Jane Emberley (Russell) was a fisherman who experienced the hunger and plight of the Newfoundland fisherman during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The collapse of international markets made it difficult to sell fish at any price, and for years many Newfoundlanders lived on the government dole of six cents a day. William adapted an older song to describe the plight of Newfoundland fishermen during the great Depression and called it Hard, Hard Times. Emberley's verses, which passed quickly into tradition, are a local application of a pattern established by an 18th-century English broadside which ridiculed certain trades and later was adapted often to describe hard times. The Emberley version of Hard, Hard Times has been recorded by Dick Nolan, and was published in Edith Fowke's The Penguin Book of Canadian Folk Songs, Harmondsworth, England, 1973).

This variant was arranged and recorded by the Wonderful Grand Band (Living In A Fog, trk#12, 1981 LP, Grand East Records, St John's, NL); and (Livin' In A Fog, trk#10, 2007 CD, re-release of 1981 album).


See more songs by the Wonderful Grand Band.

The video above features the Wonderful Grand Band performing live during their sold-out reunion tour in 2009, featuring Greg Malone, Ron Hynes, Sandy Morris Glenn Simmons Jamie Snider, Ian Perry and Paul "Boomer" Stamp. The reunion tour promoted Wonderful Grand Band's release of two volumes of the original CBC-TV Series on DVD, which came after years of consultation and planning with CBC, where the shows were originally produced in the 1980's. The DVDs, The Best Of WGB Volume 1 And 2, were a sensational success, bringing to life once again some all-time favourite characters like Mr Budgell, Nanny Hynes, Dickie, Mavis and Carmel Ann, and included many of the classic hit songs like Sonny's Dream, Living In A Fog, Go For Love, UIC and the sensational Babylon Mall which features the inimitable style of the late, great, and ever-missed Tommy Sexton. The release and tour were undertaken in part as a tribute to Tommy.

A variant was collected in 1951 from Edward (Ned) Rice [1916-2002] of Cape Broyle, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and published as Hard Times in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.57-59, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved, and also recorded on the album Songs And Ballads Of Newfoundland, Folkways FG 3505, LP (1956) trk#A.05.

A variant was sung by Michael A (Mike) Kent [1904-1997] also of Cape Broyle, NL, and published as Hard Times in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada ©2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was arranged and recorded as Hard Hard Times by Dick Nolan (Fisherman's Boy, trk#2, 1972, RCA Records, Toronto, Ontario, produced by Ben Weatherby and recorded at MUN Studios, St John's, Newfoundland).


See more songs by Dick Nolan.

And a variant was recorded on video as Hard Hard Times by Jack Slade of Wabana, Bell Island, NL.

From the Dictionary of Newfoundland English:
West Indie - west india; indian; west indee; a grade or 'cull' of dried and salted cod-fish shipped to the West Indies. - Citation from 1955 Newfoundland Fisheries Board Number 23: "Fish which are cracked, but not broken in pieces, may be excessively salted, may show slight slime, sourness, more than slightly skin-heated or sun-burnt, not excessively dun [sic]."



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