#00172
Out From St Leonard's (Gary O'Driscoll)
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See also: The Government Game (Pat Byrne)

And also: The Blow Below The Belt (Anthony Ward)
#486: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
℗2009 ~ Used with permission ~

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In the mid-1960s, the news rang out clear,
Pack your bags and your nets,
you must get out of here;
Take your picks and your shovels,
your rakes and your hoes,
The government says you must pack up and go.

Well, the news it soon spread
to the harbours and coves,
That the young crowd were leaving
in hoards and in droves;
For to go to Toronto to follow their goals,
Or to go to Placentia to live on the dole.

And it's out from St Leonard's and out from Toslow,
They'd steam 'cross the bay with their houses in tow;
With their beds in the bow
and their stoves in the stern,
Bound away with their sons and their daughters.

Now, Skipper Jim Pittman he said he wouldn't go,
While there's nets to be mended
and hay to be mowed;
He said he'd never work, no matter the pay,
In some hockey stick factory out Stephenville way.

And it's out from St Leonard's and out from Toslow,
They'd steam 'cross the bay with their houses in tow;
With their beds in the bow
and their stoves in the stern,
Bound away with their sons and their daughters.

Now, on all politicians they cursed and they swore,
They rather would fight off in some distant war;
For when they ceased to ramble
and they ceased to roam,
They'd like to return to a place they called home.

And it's out from St Leonard's and out from Toslow,
They'd steam 'cross the bay with their houses in tow;
With their beds in the bow
and their stoves in the stern,
Bound away with their sons and their daughters.

Now the islands and harbours
and coves are ghost towns,
You need a longliner to harvest the ground;
And a big oil refinery now stands as a shrine,
To the daughters and sons who remember the time.

They sailed out from St Leonard's
and out from Toslow,
They'd steam 'cross the bay with their houses in tow;
With their beds in the bow and
their stoves in the stern,
Bound away with their sons and their daughters.

They sailed out from St Leonard's
and out from Toslow,
They'd steam 'cross the bay with their houses in tow;
With their beds in the bow
and their stoves in the stern,
Bound away with their sons and their daughters.
Bound away with their sons and their daughters.
Bound away with their sons and their daughters.

####.... Written in 1981 by Gary O'Driscoll, 1993 Gabriel Award-winning producer, folksinger, songwriter, and musician of Bay Bull's and St John's, NL, and Peterborough, ON ....####

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The video above features a recording by The Ennis Sisters (Red Is The Rose, 1997 CD, trk#5).

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The video below features a recording by the Irish Descendants (Misty Morning Shore, Duckworth Records, 1991; So Far So Good, Warner, 1999).

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#321: YouTube video by NLTreasure
℗2013 ~ Used with permission ~

For a better understanding of the government's forced centralization program, see Genevieve Lehr's footnotes to a song written by Anthony Ward [1927-1999] of South East Bight and St John's, NL, The Blow Below The Belt.

From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Longliner - vessel that sets [gill] nets which fish swim into, rather than dragging nets as trawlers do.

Additional notes: The Come-By-Chance oil refinery is located near Arnold's Cove, NL, at the north end of Placentia Bay on the Trans-Canada Highway. It had been established in 1973 by John Shaheen with Premier Joey Smallwood's support. On March 7, 1976, the refinery was declared bankrupt.

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[C] In the mid 1960s
the [F] news rang out [C] clear,
Pack your bags and your nets,
you must [F] get out of [G] here;
Take your [C] picks and your shovels,
your [F] rakes and your [C] hoes,
The government says you must
[F] pack up and [G] go.

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