#00088
Tiny Red Light (The Dorymen)
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#189: YouTube video
by oldirishladdie ℗2010
~ Used with permission ~

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Put the light in the window, my darling, she said,
As she gazed at the dark, stormy night overhead;
A little girl ran with her eager delight,
And she placed in the window the tiny red light.

Her father came home from his work withered cold,
Angry and cross 'cause his fish were not sold;
He said that the oil it must do for the night,
So he took from the window the tiny red light.

Oh, Father, dear Father, don't take it away,
Think of them poor sailors far out on the bay;
If he could have seen what had happened that night,
That might have been saved by the tiny red light.

The very next morning came a knock on the door,
A sailor stood pointing far out on the shore;
Three tiny ships went adrift in the gale,
With tears in his eyes he told her father this tale.

We followed yer tiny red light, said the man,
Till it vanished from sight -
on the rocks our ship ran;
Many were drowned on the billows last night,
That might have been saved by yer tiny red light.
That might have been saved by yer tiny red light.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional Newfoundland song ....####
This song was popularized by John Henry Drake [1936-2006] of Belleoram, NL, and the lyrics above are from his variant. Johnny Drake, along with Thomas G (Tom) Rose [1940-?] of Bay Du Nord, NL, co-founded The Dorymen in 1969.

See more Johnny Drake songs.

The video above features a recording by Debbie Jordan on a compilation album of various artists (Singers For Fishermen Collectors Edition, 1992, trk#3, Atlantica Music, Halifax, NS, recorded and mixed at Kinck Sound, Scarborough, ON).

Also recorded by Bobby Evans (Newfoundland And Irish Favourites) and Glenn Farrell (Songs Of The Sea People).

A variant was collected in 1951 from John James of Trepassey, NL, and published as The Little Red Light in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada, ©2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

The video below features a recording by Allison Crowe of Nanaimo, BC and Corner Brook, NL (Newfoundland Vinyl, 2013 LP and CD, trk#7, Rubenesque Records Ltd, Salt Spring Island, BC)
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#2379: YouTube video
by Adrian22 ℗2013
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The video below features an excellent performance with an original melody arranged by Sean Kenny of Port au Port East, NL.

See more Sean Kenny songs.

#184: YouTube video
by drivermciver ℗2009
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The video below features a recording by The Dorymen, even though the video shows an album cover of Harry Hibbs. (Dorymen's Greatest Hits)

#402: YouTube video
by MIKESTOREY1 ℗2008
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Put the [C] light in the window, my darling, she [G] said,
As she gazed at the dark, stormy [F] night over [C] head;
A little girl ran with her eager de- [G] light,
And she placed in the window the [G7] tiny re [C] light.

Her father [C] came home from his work withered [G] cold,
Angry and cross 'cause his [F] fish were not [C] sold;
He said that the oil it must do for the [G] night,
So he took from the window the [G7] tiny red [C] light.

Oh, [C] Father, dear Father, don't take it [G] away,
Think of them poor sailors [F] far out on the [C] bay.
If he could have seen what had happened that [G] night,
That might have been saved by the [G7] tiny red [C] light.

The very [C] next morning came a knock on the [G] door,
A sailor stood pointing [F] far out on the [C] shore;
Three tiny ships went adrift in the [G] gale,
With tears in his eyes he told her [G7] father this [C] tale.

We fol- [C] lowed yer tiny red light said the [G] man,
Till it vanished from sight - on the [F] rocks our ship [C] ran;
Many were drowned on the billows last [G] night,
That might have been saved by yer [G7] tiny red [C] light.
That might have been saved by yer [G7] tiny red [C] light.

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