Index of some of the songs in
Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland:
Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers

Editions 1-5
Collected by Gerald S Doyle [1892-1956]
And archived at
GEST Songs of Newfoundland and Labrador


(Titles in parentheses are alternate titles)

All Around Green Island Shore
Anti-Confederation Song (V)
The Antis Of Plate Cove (V)
The Badger Drive (Vx3)
The Banks Of Newfoundland (#9)
Betsey Mealey
Betsy Brennan's Blue Hen
The Blooming Bright Star Of Bell Isle
The Butterfly Dude
Change Islands Song
The Close Of The Session, 1871
Come All Ye Jolly Ice-Hunters
Concerning One Summer In Bonay I Spent (V)
The Dirty Newfoundlanders
Discovery Of Newfoundland
Down By Jim Long's Stage
Fanny's Harbour Bawn
A Father's Sacrifice
Feller From Fortune (V)
The Fishermen Of Newfoundland
The Good Ship Jubilee
A Great Big Sea Hove In Long Beach (Gone By The Board)(V)
The Greenland Disaster
Harbour Le Cou (V)
Harry, Joe And Jim
Hawco The Hero
Homes And Girls Of Newfoundland
Homeward Bound
Hunting Seals
The Huntingdon Shore (V)
I'se The B'y
Jack Hinks
Jack Was Every Inch A Sailor (V)
The John Martin
The Kelligrews Soiree (Vx3)
The Landfall Of Cabot Parody
Let Me Fish Off Cape St Mary (V)
The Loss Of The Ellen Munn
Loss Of The Schooner Susan On The Labrador
Lukey's Boat (V)
The Maid Of Newfoundland
The Master-Watch
My Father's Old Sou'wester (V)
The Newfoundland Fishermen
A Noble Fleet Of Sealers
The Nordfeld And The Raleigh
Ode To Newfoundland (V)
Old Polina (V)
The Outharbour Planter (Outport Planter)
The Petty Harbour Bait Skiff
Prison Of Newfoundland
The Raffle For The Goat In Joe Batt's Arm
The Roving Newfoundlanders
The Ryans And The Pittmans (We'll Rant And We'll Roar)
Sally Brown
Sealer's Song (V)
The Sealing Cruise Of The Lone Flier
The Shooting Of The Bawks
The Six Horse-Power Coaker (V)
Song Of The P&G White Naphtha Soap
The Southern Cross (V)
The Spanish Captain
The Squid-Jiggin' Ground (V)
Star Of Logy Bay (V)
Tickle Cove Pond (V)
Tilley's Farewell To Bonavista
Trinity Cake (V)
Wadham's Song (V)
The Wedding In Renews
When Our Boys Gave Up Squiddin'
When The Caplin Come In (V)
When The Outport Member's Family Comes To Town
Willy March
Wreck Of The Steamship Ethie
The Wreck Of The Steamship Florizel


Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of NFLD

Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers:
From the Days of Our Forefathers.
Printed by the publishers of THE FAMILY FIRESIDE
Nov 1927, For Gerald S Doyle
317 Water Street, St John's, NFLD


From Junior Achievement NFLD
Business Hall of Fame

Gerald Stanley Doyle was born on September 26, 1892, in King's Cove, Bonavista Bay, to Captain Thomas and Margaret Doyle. At ten years of age, he moved to St John's with his family, finished grade eight at St Patrick's Hall School and apprenticed as a druggist at Wadden's Drug Store on Water Street.

In 1917, Gerald traveled to the seal hunt on the SS Njord where he was listed as the ship's doctor. He also traveled the coast of the province distributing patent medicines, and in 1919, he acquired his first agency, the Dr Chase Medicine Co. The Company initially operated from a 3rd floor walk-up room on Water Street, but Gerald also toured the Caribbean selling these products. In 1929, he incorporated his business activities under the name of Gerald S Doyle Limited.

The Company developed its own distribution organization throughout the province for a wide range of food, drugs and household products and also manufactured and bottled cod-liver oil. He used his own boat, Miss Newfoundland and later Miss Newfoundland II, to travel the coast and to promote his products. In the 1920s and 1930s, he introduced modern merchandising methods to Newfoundland including point of sale display materials and minimum credit terms. By the mid 1950s, Gerald S Doyle Limited was distributing products for over 30 manufacturers and was serving 3,000 retailers throughout the province. Gerald also sponsored the Gerald S Doyle News Bulletin, a radio show provided to the people of Newfoundland through VONF and CBC consisting of a news broadcast, public service announcements, shipping schedules, weather reports and personal messages.


From Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage
Traditional Music

One of the early and most popular publications was The Old Time Songs and Poetry of Newfoundland, compiled by Gerald S Doyle, and published in several editions from the 1920s through the 1960s. The Doyle songbook established the Newfoundland and Labrador musical canon, and various editions helped popularize songs like The Badger Drive, Jack Was Every Inch A Sailor, The Old Polina and others that would come to represent the essence of Newfoundland and Labrador music.
~ ©2001, Jamie Fitzpatrick


The video below features a preview for the 2011 documentary, Regarding Our Father, by John W and Marjorie Doyle about legendary Newfoundlander Gerald S Doyle, featuring colour films he shot in pre-Confederation Newfoundland and Labrador in the 1930s and 40s.


Portrait of Gerald Doyle
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