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Thread #12454   Message #98893
Posted By: bigJ
24-Jul-99 - 04:15 PM
Thread Name: Lyr/Tune Req: The Green Fields of Canada
Subject: RE: The Green Fields of Canada.
Just as a footnote to the Planxty version in the database, and for those who might not have the Folk Legacy recording, Paddy Tunney's version as published in his book The Stone Fiddle differs thus:-

Verse 5
The lint dams are dry and the looms are all broken,
The coopers are gone and the winders of creels,
Away o'er the ocean go journeymen tailors,
And fiddlers who flaked out the old mountain reels.

Verse 6 as database (more or less)

Verse 7
Farewell to the dances in homes now deserted,
When tips struck the lightening in splanks from the floor,
The paving and crigging of hobnails on flagstones
The tears of the old folk and shouts of encore.

Verse 8
For the landlords and bailiffs in vile combination,
Have forced us from hearthstone and homestead away
May the crowbar brigade all be doomed to damnation
When we're on the fields of Americay.

Verse 9
The timber grows thick on the slopes of Columbia
With Douglas in grandeur two hundred feet tall,
The salmon and sturgeon dam streamlet and river,
And the high Rocky Mountains look down on it all.

Verse 10
On the prairie and plain sure the wheat waves all golden
The maple gives sugar to sweeten your tay.
You won't want for corn cob way out in Saskatchewan
When you're in the green fields of Americay.

Verse 11
And if you grow weary of pleasure and plenty
Of fruit from the orchard and fish from the foam,
There's health and good hunting 'way back in the forests
Where herds of great moose and wild buffalo roam.

Verse 12 as verse 7 in database.