MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Flatrock Hills
Performed by Bernard Houlihan Accession # 78-054 NFLD 1 Tape 3A Track 4
Community: Flatrock Audio:
Genre: Ballad / nostalgia, home Musical notation available


Male voice: (speaks) I don't know if I know that now.

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 there skills
For they stayed and the 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 sails 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


Sources: Maynard 13.

History: Newfoundland composition attributed to Jack Dodd, a resident of Torbay.

Text: A nostalgic song, presumably about an outport of Flatrock, located north of St. John's on the Avalon Peninsula.  

Tune: The 4-line stanzas in abba form, are performed in a rhythmically free manner with emphasis often falling on unaccented syllables that occur on the highest pitches, such as the upper d-e flat-d motif in the middle two lines.

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