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1497 (The Dorymen) videos
#244: YouTube video by NLTreasure
℗2008 ~ Used with permission ~

In fourteen ninety-seven,
our island it was found,
John Cabot in the Matthew
to Bonavista he was bound;
He claimed her for old England,
a country of renown,
King Henry gave this man ten pounds
for this island he had found.

When folks began to settle,
it was hardship from the start,
They vowed to make their island
a masterpiece of art;
When strangers tried to burn them out,
they fought to keep their stand,
When the fighting it was o'er,
they sang God Guard Thee Newfoundland.

She's Canada's tenth province,
but I know that she comes first,
They say, here comes a Newfie
with not a nickel in his purse;
Ah, but they can't hurt my feelings
and someday they'll understand,
Why I feel so proud when someone says,
there's a boy from Newfoundland.

So you can brag about Ontario
or New Brunswick's towns galore,
But you can't compare the beauty
that lies upon our rocky shore;
She's Britain's oldest colony
and God's great gift to man,
And the island I stand guard for
is that one called Newfoundland.

And the island I stand guard for
is that one called Newfoundland.

####.... John Henry (Johnny) Drake of Belleoram, NL ....####
Recorded by The Dorymen (1497, 1974 LP, trk#9, Marathon Records, Toronto, ON); also recorded on a compilation album of various artists (25th Anniversary Musical Celebration, 1974 LP, trk#14, Marathon Records, Toronto, ON); and (Original Newfoundland Gold:20 Original Hits from Newfoundland, 1980 LP, trk#5, The Great Canadian Music Co, Toronto, ON); and (Tiny Red Light, 1980 LP, trk#4, The Great Canadian Music Co, Toronto, ON); and (Tiny Red Light, 1999 CD, trk#3, Heritage Music, Scarborough, ON); and (Tiny Red Light, 2003 CD, trk#3, Heritage Music, New Market, ON).

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 below features a live performance of a variant by Maurice Dobbin on a snowmobile trip in the Long Range Mountains of Newfoundland.

#1380: YouTube video by jsmallwood2007
℗2010 ~ Used with permission ~

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