MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Church Cove Song
Vince Ledwell NFLD 1 Tape 6A Tracks 6 and 8
Calvert Audio:
Newfoundland ballad / pirates Musical notation available

Oh come boys while I'll tell you a place you know well
They buried a fortune a very long spell
A place called Church Cove on the Southern Shore
Where gold it was buried they say in galore

Some say twas a pirate they called Captain Kidd
In Church Cove his wonderful fortune had hid
And for years they were digging the fortune to raise
'Till the boys of the village got near in the craze

Where the money was buried a great many went
With pickaxes and shovels to put up a tent
And just as they struck the first pick in the ground
The ghost of a darkie did hover around

Now a crew in from Burin at least so we're told
They started a-digging and struck on the gold
And the load was so heavy to bring down the track
That a hump like a butter tub grew on their back

(Speaks): God, there was something else (pause). What's the next part of it, Jack?

Male voice (speaks): . from Cape Broyle

(speaks): The next part was a little before that.

Male voice (speaks): Oh, they rise, oh yes, they rise from the spot. I think that's the part, isn't it?

(speaks): Yeah. No, that's the part- I'm mixed up in that I won't come in sight of that again I think.

Male voice: (speaks) No, that's alright.

They rise from that spot on that terrible night
And the crackie got turned inside out from the fright
And a man from Cape Broyle who had watched the queer sight
His whiskers turned foxy that always were white

(Speaks) I believe I better play down.

Female voice: (speaks) No that's alright (pause). Go on.

(Laughter.)

(speaks): That's all of it. (pause) That's all of it.


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History:

Text notes: Church Cove is described as a haunted place where pirates gold is buried. "Jack" is probably Jack Swain.

Tune notes: The scale of this tune is major, but it ends on the fifth degree. The metre is 6/8.

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