The Roving Newfoundlanders
(Greenleaf & Mansfield) score, MIDI

sheet music


As I was setting in my homestead
one day while all alone,
I was thinking of my countrymen
and where they had to roam;
From England to America,
Australia and Japan,
Where'er you go you'll surely find
a man from Newfoundland.

They're the pride of every country,
good fortune on them smile!
They climbed the heights of Alma,
they crossed the river Nile;
They sailed unto Vancouver,
you'll find it on the roll,
And on the expedition went
nearest to the Pole.

It's way out in South Africa
where hogs they stand so high,
They used their guns and bayonets
the Boers for to destroy;
Where cannons roar like thunder
destruction's on the plain,
You sons of Terra Nova,
you fought for England's fame.

'Twas Nelson at Trafalgar
the victory did gain,
The Americans fought the Spaniards
for blowing up the Maine;
She sunk with all her gallant crew,
that gay and gallant band,
They're sleeping in their watery graves
like sons of Newfoundland.

When my mind been bent on roaming,
'tis something sad to tell,
Out in the mines of Cuba,
one of my comrades fell;
His age had scarce been twenty-one,
just entered in full bloom,
On the eighteenth day of June
was summoned to his tomb.

They sailed the Mediterranean,
I've heard the clergy tell,
They went out into Egypt,
from that to Jacob's Well;
They've fished the Northern and
Grand Banks from every hole and knap,
They are the tyrants of the sea,
they fished the Flemish Cap.

And now my song is ended,
I think I have done well,
My birthplace and my station
I'm trying for to tell;
I've spoke of every nation,
I've freely won my race,
I am a Newfoundlander
belongs to Harbour Grace.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional Newfoundland ballad ....####
Sung in 1929 by Daniel W Endacott [1875-1940] of Sally's Cove, NL, and published as #183 on pp.369-370 in Ballads And Sea Songs Of Newfoundland by Elisabeth Bristol Greenleaf and Grace Yarrow Mansfield (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1933; Folklore Associates, Hatboro, PA, 1968).

Also published by Gerald S Doyle in Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland: Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers (2nd Ed, p.55, 1940; 3rd Ed, p.71, 1955) with a notation that the song came from Ballads And Sea Songs Of Newfoundland.

From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Knap - shoal or 'bank' on the fishing grounds (def2).


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