“The Bonavist Line”

Alternate titles: “The North Shoreman's Line”; “The Shoal Harbour Line”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1952 (Peacock)
Keywords: sex food hardtimes railroading nonballad worker
Found in: Canada(Newf)


Hard times for "the red roarin' devils on the Bonavist [or Riverhead] Line." The railway construction workers are charged high rates for terrible food and simple services. Go to the store and the old woman there won't give you a thing without "a tip"


Peacock says the Bonavista Line serving the tip of the Bonavista peninsula and Riverhead Line serving Conception Bay are spurs of Newfoundland's now defunct narrow-gauge trans-insular railway. - BS


  1. Peacock, pp. 768-771, "The Bonavist Line" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
  2. Leach-Labrador 92, "Riverhead Line" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #5206
  4. BI, Pea768