Come Home To Harbour Breton
(Lawrence Mahoney) video
#2118: YouTube video by outportoutlaw
©2012 ~ Used with permission ~

Come gather around, I have something to say,
About Harbour Breton in old Fortune Bay;
We're having the Come Home Year in eighty-nine,
We hope you can make it to share a good time.

There'll be dancin' and parties and a beauty contest,
Young people will doll up and they'll look their best;
There'll be moose stew and rabbits
and fish and brewis, too,
We hope you can make it, yes, we surely do.

There are people from Stone Valley
and Muddy Hole, too,
Sagona and Brunette now here's whatcha do:
Plan for your vacation with this thought in mind,
To be in Harbour Breton August, eighty-nine.

There'll be cod-jiggin', squid-jiggin,
and what a sight,
When the capelin are rollin'
in Dead Man's Cove Bight;
You'll see men in the dories and the longliners, too,
And the draggers that sail on our ocean so blue.

Now people from Pass Island
and Jersey Harbour, too,
Great Harbour, Red Cove and also Pushthrough,
Our thoughts go out to you, our friends from away,
And we hope you can make it here for a short stay.

Oh, you can cross the ocean but you'll never find,
A people more friendly, so humble and kind;
The door's always open, they'll welcome you in,
It's a wonderful feeling to share with a friend.

There are people from St Jacques
and Little Bay West,
Miller's Passage, Belleoram, and last but not least,
Are people from Grole,
sure they'll welcome you here,
To old Harbour Breton for our Come Home Year.

So to all you fine people across this great land,
Come one and come all back to old Newfoundland;
Set a course for Harbour Breton,
God speed and fair wind,
We're longing for the time we're together again.
We're longing for the time we're together again.

####.... Lawrence Mahoney of Harbour Breton, NL ....####
Recorded by Lawrence Mahoney on a compilation album of many artists (Harbour Breton Come Home Year, side one, trk#1, 1989 cassette, recorded at Sim's Studio, Belleoram, manufactured for SWC Productions, English Harbour West, produced by the Harbour Breton Come Home Year Committee, and distributed by Lawrence Mahoney, Harbour Breton, NL.

From Wikipedia:
Belleoram - small community located in Fortune Bay, on the South Coast of Newfoundland. It is built along a narrow strip of sloping land at the base of steep, ridged hills, and has a large sheltered harbour because a long piece of land extends to the northwest and protects the community from the sea.
Brunette - settlement located on Brunette Island at the entrance to Fortune Bay on the south coast of Newfoundland.
Fortune Bay - fairly large natural bay located on the south coast of the island of Newfoundland. The Bay is bounded by Point Crewe on the Burin Peninsula and Pass Island at the entrance to Hermitage Bay to the northwest for a distance of 56 kilometers. The Bay extends in a northeast direction for 105 kilometers ending at Terrenceville. Within Fortune Bay there are also a number of inner bays and coves including, Connaigre Bay, Great Bay de l'Eau, Belle Bay and Long Harbour. There are a number of islands located in the Bay, of which the largest is Brunette Island. Some of the other islands include Sagona Island, Great Island, St. John's Island, Chapel Island and Petticoat Island.
Great Harbour - small fishing settlement, also called Connaigre in early Newfoundland history, located on the southern tip of the Connaigre Peninsula of the south coast of the Island of Newfoundland. In 1954 the entire community of twelve remaining families was resettled under the Centralization Program by the Newfoundland government.
Grole - fishing settlement located on the south side of Hermitage Bay near its eastern entrance at Pass Island. Because of its limited available land and lack of a good harbour able to accommodate large numbers of boats, Grole's growth was slow, reaching its peak in the early 20th-Century. The population of the settlement never exceeded 250 people. Between 1966 and 1971 the families of Grole resettled, mainly in Harbour Breton under the latter part of the first agreement of the federal-provincial government resettlement program.
Harbour Breton - small fishing community on the Connaigre Peninsula in Fortune Bay, on the south coast of the island of Newfoundland. It is the largest center on the Connaigre Peninsula and was long considered the unofficial capital of Fortune Bay. Many residents resettled here from Sagona Island, Jersey Harbour, Little Bay West, Miller's Passage, Red Cove, and Grole.
Jersey Harbour - small former settlement in Fortune Bay about 3 kilometres northeast of Harbour Breton. The Post Office was established in 1895. The first Postmistress was Mary White. The name Jerseyman's Harbour has also been used interchangeably with Jersey Harbour in various written records. It is theorized that the origin of the name refers to fishing merchants from Jersey Island (one of the Channel Islands between Great Britain and France) who originally settled or worked in this region.
Little Bay West - unincorporated area located on the Cabot Strait, at Fortune Bay, on the south coast of Newfoundland.
Miller's Passage - resettled fishing community located on the Connaigre Peninsula in Western Great Bay de l'Eau near Devil's Island in Fortune Bay on the south coast of Newfoundland. By 1968 the community was completely vacated. Most people went to Harbour Breton, while others moved to Stephenville, Lourdes and Lamaline.
Muddy Hole - resettled fishing community located west of the northern entrance to Hermitage Bay between Richard's Harbour and McCallum. It is featured in the beginning of Farley Mowat's 1969 book The Boat Who Wouldn't Float. The last people left in the summer of 1965, most going to such nearby communities as Harbour Breton, Gaultois and Ramea.
Pass Island - resettled fishing community located just 250 metres off the tip of the peninsula which separates Hermitage and Connaigre Bays. The community was resettled, largely to nearby Hermitage, in the summer of 1974 - the last community to move under the resettlement program. Many remnants from previous settlements are still visible across the ocean separating it from the community of Seal Cove, Fortune Bay. Many of the settlers were resettled to the communities of Hermitage-Sandyville and Harbour Breton.
Pushthrough - resettled fishing community located on Newfoundland's south coast, about 20 kilometres northwest of Hermitage, said to date from 1814. It served as a busy trading port through the 1800s, but experienced rapid population decline under the Smallwood government's resettlement program during the 1950s and 1960s. In the spring and summer of 1968 virtually all the families with children of school age moved. The largest number (58 people) went to Milltown-Head of Bay d'Espoir and others to Fortune, Hermitage, Burgeo and Gaultois.
Red Cove - settlement east of burgeo, Newfoundland which has been depopulated since 1968. The first postmistress was Meta Pearl Strawbridge.
Sagona - former village located on Sagona Island in Fortune Bay about 12 kilometres south of Harbour Breton. It had a population of 223 in 1940 and 120 just before resettlement. The remaining inhabitants were resettled over three years in the late 1960s, with most moving to Harbour Breton and others to St Jacques-Coomb's Cove.
St Jacques - town in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The town had a population of 669 in the Canada 2006 Census. It is located on the south coast of the island of Newfoundland on the north side of Fortune Bay, on the southern tip of the Connaigre Peninsula in what is now known as the Coast of Bays Region. The town consists of six communities, St Jacques, English Harbour West, Mose Ambrose, Boxey, Coomb's Cove and Wreck Cove, nestled within the inlets along the coast. The six communities were incorporated into the single town of St Jacques-Coomb's Cove in 1972. They all had their beginnings in the fisheries and the fisheries have always been the mainstay of employment in the communities. In recent years aquaculture was introduced in the area, providing employment for its residents.

Additional Notes:
Stone Valley (formerly Little Bay) - unincorporated area located on the north side of Hermitage Bay about 2 kilometres south of Little Bay.
Dead Man's Cove Bight - bend in the southern coast of Newfoundland forming a small open bay south of Harbour Breton.


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