Greenspond (Great Big Sea) video
#180: YouTube video by IrishKanuck
©2007 ~ Used with permission ~

Greenspond is a pretty place,
And so is Pinchard's Island;
Mom will buy me a new fur coat,
When Da' gets home from swilin'.

Here he comes as white as ghosts,
Children and their little boats;
Women in their petticoats,
Down from Petty Harbour.

####.... Variant of text by (Henry) Beckles Willson [1869-1942] found in his book The Tenth Island: Being Some Account Of Newfoundland, published by Grant Richards, London, 1897 ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by Great Big Sea (Play, trk#11, 1997, Warner Music Canada, Scarborough, ON, produced by Danny Greenspoon).

See more songs by Great Big Sea.

The video above features an excellent bodhran performance by Andrew, a lumberjack from NL.

From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Swiling - sealing; the taking of seals, especially harp and hooded seals, by net, gun or gaff near the shore, or the hunt for them from a vessel on the ice-floes.


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