MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
The Forester Song
Madonna Walsh NFLD 1 Tape 9 Track 2
Cape Broyle Audio:
Newfoundland Ballad / war

There came a call from over seas for lumbering men to go,
To cross the briny ocean to crush the German foe,
Their wives and sweethearts they did mourn as they stood on the pier,
Lamenting for the ones they loved as they shed many a tear.

They said, "Now boys you're called upon to go and do your part,
As Newfoundlanders always did so now you make a start,
So cheer up boys and do not fret while you are far away,
And you'll come back a credit to your countrymen some day,

It was in the month of January from Bay Bulls sailed away.
On a liner bound for England we gave three hearty cheers,
The passengers they lined her deck and on us they did smile,
Saying, "Here's the boys from Ferryland and more from old Cape Broyle."

We don't forget dear Witless Bay and Bay Bulls too likewise,
And bonny little Calvert sent forth their darling boys,
And now to mention Tors Cove and Mobile in my song,
They are the boys that did come forth to answer to their call

There's one that came from dear Fermuse saying he is not afraid,
Young Thomas Tobin is his name a fisherman by trade,
He bid adieu unto his friends as he left home that day,
Saying, "When I do return again you will have in your hay."

The next that steps on board of her hailed from old St. John's town,
Commanded by Captain Taylor who never wore a frown,
Saying, "I am going with you boys as I have done before."
And he showed the spirit of the men from Terra Nova shore.

The next came from the Northern Bays as you may understand,
The finest crowd of lumbering men that ever left our land,
And Torbay too including they nobly did their part,
And left their sweethearts on the shore with a sad and broken heart.

So now my boys we're on our way across the ocean foam,
To cut the trees in Scotland before returning home,
So boys don't be downhearted while crossing o'er the main,
There's lots of firs in Scotland that will cheer you up again.

So now my boys we're on,
So now we're gliding o'er the sea the land is drawing nigh,
A sharp lookout for German ships are held by every eye,
We're landed safe at last.

And we danced the 'Sack Of Barley' as we stepped out on the strand.

So now we're seated on the train some give a heavy sigh,
The girls stood at the station as we were passing by,
They gave us lunch they gave us tea and took us by the hand,
Saying you're welcome to this country boys from dear old Newfoundland

So our six months are drawing nigh and then we will go home,
Unto our wives and sweethearts no more from them well roam,
Composed by James and Pat Carew may the heavens on them smile,
For they are two amongst the few that came from old Cape Broyle


Notes

Sources:

History: As the song itself indicates, this was composed by two brothers from Cape Broyle, listing communities along the eastern coast of the Avalon. It references WWII ("to crush the German foe").

Text notes: Men with lumbering experience are recruited as soldiers to go to England and Scotland.

Tune notes:A slow triple metre tune in a major key and an "abba" form.

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