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Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.

GUEST,sciencegeek 07 Apr 14 - 02:36 PM
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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: GUEST,sciencegeek
Date: 07 Apr 14 - 02:36 PM

we spent our first anniversary driving through the Canadian maritimes and really enjoyed PEI & Nova Scotia... as for Fundy.. wow!

When we stopped at Tower in Toronto we got hold of a copy of the Cape Breton Follies... LP for you old timers...

did it ever get put on CD?


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: meself
Date: 06 Apr 14 - 02:30 PM

To my understanding, Rocks of Baccalieu was written as a theme song for a radio serial back in the early '60s or so, in Nfld.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: GUEST,Arlene McLellan
Date: 06 Apr 14 - 01:51 PM

I WROTE A SONG CALLED "RED MUD ON MY SHOES" AND HAVE IT ON A CD THAT I MADE 2 YEARS AGO. I AM FROM PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, NOW LIVE IN ONTARIO, BUT GO BACK TO THE ISLAND EVERY YEAR. I LOVE IT. I ALSO RECORDED 'RED ISLAND CLAY' WRITTEN BY IVAN ASHLEY FROM ELMSDALE, PEI
CORKIEAM@HOTMAIL.CA


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: mg
Date: 05 Jan 13 - 10:36 PM

Rocks of Baccaleiu?? is from Newfoundland..is an older song..don't know if author is known or not...Baccaleiu? is Portuguese for codfish I think..it is a big island in Newfoundland..very rocky.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Ed T
Date: 05 Jan 13 - 09:48 PM

Forgot to link this original version of a Nova Scotia song:


Jonathan Edwards: Nova Scotia


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 04 Dec 12 - 05:47 PM

Frank-
Margaret Bennett has just published a very nice book about the life ansd songs of Jerome Downey, a Newfoundland singer who she and Kenny Goldstien recorded in 1980. It comes with a CD of 26 songs sung by Mr. Downey.The book sells for $25, and you can get a copy from Ms. Bennet or from CAMSCO MUsic (I have only a few copies).
A good book.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Stringsinger
Date: 25 Nov 12 - 10:03 AM

Sandy, thank you so very much! I will PM you soon. My wife and I have fond memories of Cape Breton and PEI and want to study more about the musical culture there.

Thank you for your timely consideration.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Ed T
Date: 24 Nov 12 - 02:43 PM

Cape Breton Lullaby


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Beer
Date: 24 Nov 12 - 11:20 AM

Wow Ed!! Great find. Skinner's Pond to boot. Just a mile from Deblois Corner where I spent the first 7 years on my life. Thanks .
ad.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Ed T
Date: 24 Nov 12 - 11:09 AM

Guardian Angel


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Ed T
Date: 24 Nov 12 - 11:01 AM

Dear MaryAnn

Anyone know this song?


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Ed T
Date: 24 Nov 12 - 10:50 AM

The PEI Fishermen


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 22 Nov 12 - 10:16 PM

Hi Frank,
First let me say that I am honoured to have you respond to my reply to your posting! I have been a Weavers fan for many years and appreciate your legacy!
While Cape Breton is a very musical island and many songs are composed here there is not a lot in English that would qualify as pure traditional. That is because French and Gaelic were the predominant languages until the early 1900's. There is all kinds of stuff written in English since then, but most of it has known authours. I am interested in your wife's family ties to the region as well. I would have loved to have met you both when you were here!
Charlie LaRade who ran the music store in Cheticamp died a few days ago. He will be missed! The fiddler member of the Rankins was John Morris. His sister Raylene went to join him recently, so we are losing some of our stars.
All being said if you want to PM me I can probably send you some of what you seek.
Best regards'
                Sandy


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Beer
Date: 22 Nov 12 - 07:09 PM

Well Stringsinger I never heard of Grady Poe but I just reached over and pulled a book off my shelf and quickly found him listed. The book is called "Island Toes A' Tapping". A great book and if you can you should try and purchase it.
Here is a web site on the book.
Adrien

http://www.turretbell.com/product/island-toes-a-tapping-one-small-province-so-much-music/


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Ed T
Date: 22 Nov 12 - 06:56 PM

A different Cape breton band

Watchmaker-Tom Fun Orchestra


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Ed T
Date: 22 Nov 12 - 06:41 PM

Old Cape Breton protest song lyrics:The Protest Song Project


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Ed T
Date: 22 Nov 12 - 05:27 PM

There is much music in the broad Arsenault family from Egmont Bay PEI, where I believe he hangs his hat. Every second house has an Aresnault family name on it. :)


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: kendall
Date: 22 Nov 12 - 05:24 PM

The Rocks of Bacchaloo (SP) Stan Rogers


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: meself
Date: 22 Nov 12 - 05:18 PM

Yup. Excellent DADGAD guitar-player. A New Englander, I believe, married into the fiddlin' Arsenault family of PEI. Use to kinda know him, but haven't run into him myself in many's the year.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Stringsinger
Date: 22 Nov 12 - 03:25 PM

Hi Sandy,

Looking for trad ballads and folksongs from the region. The list given me is extensive and probably includes quite a bit. My wife, who loves to sing, has ancestral roots in both Cape Breton and PEI. We love the old folk songs best. Thanks for your info.

Thanks to you all Ed T. and Beer, Olliamh and everyone. This will keep me busy for a while.

I am grateful to you all.

We visited the Cape and PEI and had a great time. We took the Cabot Trail, went over to PEI on the ferry and found music sessions that were delightful. Met Rita McNeil, a nice lady and went to the music festival in Long Pond, checked out the Country Music Store in Cheticamp and my wife found many people who looked just like her coming and going.
We were impressed with the Rankins, Barra McNeil, the fiddlers, Ashley MacIsssac, the late Rankin brother fiddler, and so much unbelievable talent there.

We ran into a fellow named Grady Poe in PEI. Does anyone know of him?

Thanks again,

Frank


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 21 Nov 12 - 10:10 PM

Hi Frank,
I have lots of Cape Breton stuff but am unsure of exactly what you seek. There has been a lot of things already posted on this thread.
Allister MacGillivray's Cape Breton Song Collection
(ISBN 0-9692208-0-4) and
Nova scotia Song Collection (ISBN 0-9692208-2-0) contain a lot. You may be able to request these through your local library with the ISBN.
MacGillivray publishes under Sea Scape Music Limited, Po Box 357, Sydney, Nova Scotia, B1P6H2 .


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Beer
Date: 21 Nov 12 - 06:41 PM

Those were all great Ed. I especelly liked Gordon Lightfoot. I never knew he he did this song. Well done as well.
Ad.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Ed T
Date: 21 Nov 12 - 06:38 PM

a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKvbTmHaGgs&feature=related">Prince Edward Island (Safe Haven)

Stompin' Tom Connors - Gumboot Cloggeroo


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Ed T
Date: 21 Nov 12 - 06:22 PM

Shes Called Nova Scotia - Rita MacNeil

Farewell Nova Scotia - Gordon Lightfoot

My heart's in Cape Breton,

Hank Snow - Nova Scotia Home

PEI is Heaven to me


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Ed T
Date: 21 Nov 12 - 06:03 PM

Cape Breton Home

Cape Breton Home

Coal Mines of Cape Breton
Men of the Deeps

It's A Working Man I Am - Rita MacNeil


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Ed T
Date: 21 Nov 12 - 05:38 PM

Maybe not what you were looking for, but too good not to pass on, even though the video quality is sketchy. (John Allan Cameron (RIP) on the 12 string):

John Allan Cameron 12 string


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: GUEST,Captain Farrell
Date: 21 Nov 12 - 04:30 PM

There is a book called the cape breton song collection compiled by allister magillivary printed by city printers ltd plenty of background info words music and chords


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Ed T
Date: 21 Nov 12 - 04:19 PM

This is my Island

This is my Island


A place I know

PEI


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Ed T
Date: 21 Nov 12 - 03:48 PM

Let's not forget the many Stomp'in Tom Connors songs of PEI.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Beer
Date: 20 Nov 12 - 11:52 PM

She was my grand mother's sister.
Tomorrow I think i can find out who wrote the song.
ad.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Beer
Date: 20 Nov 12 - 11:37 PM

Historian George Arsneault (Whom I believe still resides in Charlottetown.)wrote about a Marie Theresa Caissie who died in a blizzard up in the West end of P.E.I. Angelia Arsenault as well as Heart Rouge recorded the song called " Marie Caissie" Here is a link to the song.

http://youtu.be/TvjP2uTKIbk


My mother was very upset when she heard the song because she said it was not true. "They brought my Aunt Marie in the house and she was not dead". Mum was about 5 years old Marie was about 52. She did die 5 days following with pneumonia.
That would make her my Great Aunt I guess.
Ad.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Beer
Date: 20 Nov 12 - 10:02 PM

Oh my but that is a beautiful tune. Here is a little something I found. Wish I could find Allister version.
Ad.

http://www.melodiesplus.com/Mary/music/byeisland.html


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: GUEST, MikeK
Date: 20 Nov 12 - 09:42 PM

Although Allister MacGillivray's "Song for the Mira" has already been mentioned, and deservedly so, here are few more Cape Breton/PEI songs from Allistair's pen: "Away from the Roll of the Sea", "Sea People", "Tie Me Down" and the one that always brings a lump to my throat, "Bye Bye My Island".

These songs and others are on the CD "Song for the Mira" (ca. 1999)- a collection of Allister MacGillivray songs performed by other artists including John Allan Cameron, Phil Coulter, Frank Patterson, Barra MacNeils, et al.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Nov 12 - 11:00 AM

Lennie Gallant's 'Nelly J Banks.'


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 20 Nov 12 - 10:54 AM

When first I came To Caledonia..Norma Waterson..She's Called Nova Scotia Rita Mac Niel.. The Bluenose is Sailin..Michael Stanbury..The Mooseriver Mine..various people have done this.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Ed T
Date: 20 Nov 12 - 10:54 AM

""no icebergs in pei? ed t have you ever been on the north shore in the dead of winter? you can see lots of icebergs. one year they hit shore and the seal hunt was carried on directly from land right off the north shore of pei. we used to see icebergs even floating up the northumberland straight between nova scotia and pei in some years.""

Yes, I grew up in PEI. Locally formed pack ice (in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, on the north shore and Northumberland Strait in the South and western PEI shores)) should not be confused as Icebergs (that make their way each summer, southward to Nfld. from Greenland). BTW, the Gulf has been close to ice-free for the past few years.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Beer
Date: 20 Nov 12 - 10:54 AM

that they are Ed.

I heard the most beautifully done version of "et me Fish off Cape Saint Marys" played just with the fiddle. No words spoken. What a great tune on the fiddler.
ad.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Beer
Date: 20 Nov 12 - 10:51 AM

The Ballad of Bowser MaCrae- David Francey
My Nova Scotia Home
Ghost of Bras D'Or- Charlie McKinnon
Moose River Gold Mine
The Hills of Margaree- Jim Brannigan
Bud the Spud- Stompin Tom Connors
The Irish Moss Song (You Tube)
Ballad of Saint Anne's Reel- Gordon Belsher sings it.



Fiddlers Green I mention because there is a verse that someone added which speaks of P.E.I. and it goes like this.

"There's an islander somewhere lonesome
'cause he can't be here today.
To have little sip of the moonshine
And haul another load away.
In the land of the great potato
Where the lobster feeds are wild.
So we thank the boss for the Irish Moss
Down in old Prince Edward Isle.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Ed T
Date: 20 Nov 12 - 10:48 AM

""let me fish off Cape Saint Marys

The Squid Jigging Grounds""

Are these one not Nfld?


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: kendall
Date: 20 Nov 12 - 08:10 AM

The Squid jigging ground (Hank Snow)

When it's apple blossom time in Annapolis Valley (Wilf Carter)
My Western boat (Gordon Bok)

..my western boat, let me fish off Cape Saint Marys,
Where the Hagdown sails and the fog horn wails,
With my friends the Browns and the Clearys..

The Wheel house door. (Sean Gagne) ?? If you ever loved a boat this will rip your heat out.

Wreck of the Jeannie C (Stan Rogers)
Mary Ellen Carter "    "    "


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Beer
Date: 20 Nov 12 - 07:33 AM

mg,
The first one you mention is called "Honest Working Man". It was on an album by Catherine McKinnon.
Ad.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Nov 12 - 03:44 AM

Try this web site for a start

http://members.shaw.ca/kcic1/songs.html

Then search for the titles


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: mg
Date: 20 Nov 12 - 02:59 AM

I know a woman who was a teenager when I think it was the 1958 disaster happened...she was running the town switchboard when it happened.

anyway, another couple..way down in east cape breton where they knit the socks and mittens..great song.. i can'talso cape breton lullaby spell the real title


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 20 Nov 12 - 02:56 AM

Cape Breton gets mentioned in Bay Of Fundy, in DT.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: meself
Date: 20 Nov 12 - 12:05 AM

Helen Creighton is the giant of folksong collection in the Maritimes. In recent years, it has become fashionable for pygmies of folksong & politics to try to diminish her memory.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: meself
Date: 19 Nov 12 - 11:55 PM

'he wrote some good cape breton country, the best being "the green an lofty mountains by the waters of bra d'or"'

Which he didn't write.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Crowhugger
Date: 19 Nov 12 - 10:52 PM

For a decidedly untrad slant: Glace Bay Blues, a jazzy acoustic song recorded by The Guess Who on 1972's Live at the Paramount, which was re-released in 2002 on CD.
click to hear


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: Beer
Date: 19 Nov 12 - 10:20 PM

I was eleven living in West Chezzetcook just outside Dartmouth when the Bump occurred. 1958 it was. We had no T.V. so all ears were directed to the radio.
Sorry Stringsinger forgettingg off track but we'll get back on very shortly.
ad.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs of Cape Breton and P.E.I.
From: ollaimh
Date: 19 Nov 12 - 10:07 PM

there three songs i know of about the sprghill mine disasters. two in french.   one locally writen in english. all are in helen creightons books i thuink. i'd have to go look up the frecnh ones==so don't hold your breath.. there were several minning disasters at sprinhill going well into the nineteenth century. that coal had blood all over it.

i was a kid during the most recent and most famous "bump"(locals call the clooapses bumps). i remember people glued to radios and the local doctors were all away up in springhill. we didn't have tv that i remember yet, or at least few did. it was gripping local drama and even as a eight year old i knew it.

i lived in a rooming house in halifax while at university years later. one guy down the hall was a survivor of the last bump. nice guy. a bit odd. he occasionally said he found the pitch dark comforting, and used to sit in his room in the dark, with all the curtains drawn. other than that he had no injuries. i do ocasionally wonder what he thought about sitting in the dark?


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE SPRINGHILL DISASTER OF 1958 (Ruddick)
From: Beer
Date: 19 Nov 12 - 10:06 PM

I just checked and the song you are referring to begins with "In the town of Springhill, Nova Scotia
Down in the dark of the Cumberland Mine". So it is not the same song.

There is also this one that I sing.

Dan Calder ^^ "THE SPRINGHILL DISASTER OF 1958"
(Words and music by Maurice Ruddick)

The twenty-third of October, we'll remember that day;
Down the shaft underground in our usual way.
In the Cumberland Pit, how the rafters crashed down
And the black hell closed 'round us way down in the ground.

Now when the news reached our good neighbours nearby,
The rescue work started; our hopes were still high.
But the last bit of hope like our lamps soon burned dim;
In that three-foot high dungeon we joined in a hymn
In that dark, black hole in the ground.

Only God will ever know all that happened down there.
How we watched Percy Rector die gasping a prayer,
And young Clarke had his birthday, he thought, in his grave;
After days of cruel torture we'd no hopes to be saved.

We sang altogether, though racked through with pain.
When they broke through we knew that our prayers weren't in vain.
I crawled through the tunnel. They helped me along.
I said, "Give me some water, and I'll sing you a song."

I'll sing you a song of the bravest of men.
And of those who remain to go digging again.
And you boys up in heaven as you look on down,
Don't forget to remember Springhill mining town,
And that deep, dark hole in the ground.


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