Flatrock Hills (MacEdward Leach)

See also: Old Flat Rock Hills (Dick Nolan)

In memories again
I am strolling along,
While the birds in the trees
they are singing a song;
To the place of my childhood
through valleys and dells,
I am strolling along
over old Flatrock Hills.

I am strolling down Windgap
along by the shore,
To the church on the hillside
and Bowering's grand store;
To the banks of a river
where it in the sea spills,
I'm renewing old memories
of old Flatrock Hills.

To your old familiar coastline,
your valleys and streams,
Your gay garden parties
on the old Chapel green;
Where happy boys and girls
they go out for their thrills,
Sure it's nice to be there
on the old Flatrock Hills.

It's the land of my birthplace
my happy old home,
Where there I got friends
but here I got none;
Where I strayed and I played
in her valleys and dells,
In my happy childhood
on the old Flatrock Hills.

Where our fathers and mothers
were born and were bred,
By the trade of the Beamer
and dear old Red Head;
From smiling and toiling
and the act of their skills,
For they stayed and they greyed
on the old Flatrock Hills.

On the Big River bridge
on an evening in June,
To enjoy the village dancing
by the light of the moon;
For the happy sound of laughter
and the old time quadrille,
Sure is among my happy memories
of old Flatrock Hills.

Now, time it will change
but the old bridge will stand,
It's the same as when we
stood there hand in hand;
It's old stone foundation
supporting itself,
And the river still flows
o'er the old Flatrock Hills.

To your sons and your daughters
who sail o'er the sea,
To find some new adventure
in the land of the free;
In the land of America
their treasures and thrills,
But their hearts they left behind them
on old Flatrock Hills.

From old Flatrock Hills,
Oh, why did I part,
Here's a health to your people
from the depths of my heart,
May I live again to see
your valleys and dells,
Where we strayed and we played
on the old Flatrock Hills.

####.... Attributed to Jack Dodd [1902-1978] of Torbay, NL, by MacEdward Leach ....####
Sung by Bernard Houlihan [b.1923] of Flatrock, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was recorded as Old Flat Rock Hills by Dick Nolan (Happy Anniversary Newfoundland, RCA KCL1-0050, Toronto, Ontario, 1974).

See more songs by Dick Nolan.

Note: The outport of Flatrock is located north of St John's on the Avalon Peninsula.


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