“The Emigrant from Newfoundland”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1961 (Peacock)
Keywords: grief emigration farewell unemployment hardtimes lament poverty
Found in: Canada(Newf)

Description

"Dear Newfoundland have I got to leave you To seek employment in a foreign land? Forced by our nation by cruel taxation...." He thinks back to good times around St John's but now must emigrate to work. He hopes the younger generation may stay at home.

Supplemental text

Emigrant from Newfoundland, The
  Partial text(s)

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From Kenneth Peacock, Songs of the Newfoundland Outports, Volume II,
pp. 360-361. Sung by Andrew Nash, Branch, October 1962.

Dear Newfoundland have I got to leave you
To seek employment in a foreign land?
Forced from our nation by cruel taxation
I now must leave you dear Newfoundland.

Dear Newfoundland with your fisheries failing
Your sons and daughters must leave you each fall,
Forced by poverty and cruel taxation
To the shores of Boston, a home for all.

(Stanzas 1, 6 of 8)

Notes

The lyrics of this song remind me very much of "Farewell, Charming Nancy" [Laws K14], though only a few words are actually the same; the Dorian tune also seems related. - RBW

References

  1. Peacock, pp. 360-361, "The Emigrant from Newfoundland" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST Pea360 (Partial)
  3. BI, Pea360