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Origins: Newfoundland song: Miro? Myro?

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Gulliver 18 Dec 06 - 09:05 AM
GUEST,meself 18 Dec 06 - 09:11 AM
GUEST,Shanty Kees 18 Dec 06 - 09:43 AM
Zhenya 18 Dec 06 - 09:46 AM
Gulliver 18 Dec 06 - 10:46 AM
Willie-O 18 Dec 06 - 02:25 PM
Beer 18 Dec 06 - 08:21 PM
Sandy Mc Lean 18 Dec 06 - 08:46 PM
Sandy Mc Lean 18 Dec 06 - 08:51 PM
Beer 18 Dec 06 - 09:14 PM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 19 Dec 06 - 12:20 AM
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Subject: Origins: Newfoundland song: Miro? Myro?
From: Gulliver
Date: 18 Dec 06 - 09:05 AM

We think this is a Newfoundland song (learned from a singer passing
through), that starts "Out on the Miro (sp?). Would appreciate even just getting the correct title...

Thanks, Don


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Subject: RE: Origins: Newfoundland song: Miro? Myro?
From: GUEST,meself
Date: 18 Dec 06 - 09:11 AM

"Out on the Mira" - refering to the Mira River in Cape Breton. By Alistair MacGillvary. Big hit for Anne Murray. Widely sung, known, recorded.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Newfoundland song: Miro? Myro?
From: GUEST,Shanty Kees
Date: 18 Dec 06 - 09:43 AM

Gulliver,

Here you have the words for the song.

Cheers,

Kees

SONG FOR THE MIRA - - - - - ALLISTER MacGILLIVRAY

Out on the Mira, one warm afternoon,
Old men go fishing, with black line and spoon,
And if they catch nothing, they never complain,
I wish I was with them again.

Now boys in the boats call to girls on the shore,
Teasing the ones, they really adore,
Then into the evening, the courting begins,
I wish I was with them again.

Can you imagine a piece of the universe,
More fit for princes and kings,
I'll trade you ten of your cities for Marion Bridge,
And the pleasure it brings.

Out on the Mira, on a warm summer night,
Campfires are burning, to children's delight,
They dance round the flames, singing songs with their friends,
I wish I was with them again.

And over the ashes, the stories are told,
Of witches and werewolves and Oak Island's gold,
Stars on the riverface flicker and dance,
I wish I was with them again.        

Can you imagine .....

Out on the Mira, the people are kind,
They'll treat you to homebrew and help you unwind,
And if you come broken, they'll see that you mend,
I wish I was with them again.

And now I'll conclude, I wish you go well,
Sweet be your dreams and your happiness swell,
For I leave you here, my journey begins,
I'm going to be with them again.

Can you imagine .....


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Subject: RE: Origins: Newfoundland song: Miro? Myro?
From: Zhenya
Date: 18 Dec 06 - 09:46 AM

It's called "Song for the Mira", and here's the DT link:

Song for the Mira

One very nice recording I have of this is on Gordon Bok's album "Ensemble", on the Folk Legacy label.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Newfoundland song: Miro? Myro?
From: Gulliver
Date: 18 Dec 06 - 10:46 AM

Many thanks, Guest,yourself! That was quick!

I just discovered a (Scottish) Gaelic version: Oran Dha'n Mhira

(which I'd translate as Song for the Mira) attributed to Allister
MacGillivray who authored the English version.

I don't suppose an Irish (language) version exists?


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Subject: RE: Origins: Newfoundland song: Miro? Myro?
From: Willie-O
Date: 18 Dec 06 - 02:25 PM

Gulliver: Cape Breton is a hotbed of Scottish Gaelic culture. So it's a lot more likely to find a Scottish Gaelic version of Song For the Mira than an Irish one. (But y' never ken...)

Cape Breton is part of Nova Scotia, not Newfoundland by the way. But has its own modest separatist movement.

Odd but true: there's a private company that is trying to establish a private-enterprise space shuttle launch site. On Cape Breton right by the Mira. I'm not making this up. Apparently the geographic coordinates there are ideal for efficient launches to the Int'l Space Station. The mind boggles.

If you like that song, it's just one of several that qualify as CB anthems--also look up 'The Island', 'Working Man' and 'Getting Dark Again'.


W-O


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Subject: RE: Origins: Newfoundland song: Miro? Myro?
From: Beer
Date: 18 Dec 06 - 08:21 PM

Willie-O.
Who sing's "Getting Dark Again"? Can't say I know it.
Beer


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Subject: RE: Origins: Newfoundland song: Miro? Myro?
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 18 Dec 06 - 08:46 PM

Getting Dark Again was written and sung by Buddy MacDonald. It was one of John Allen Cameron's later hits. It is a great song very popular in Cape Breton.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Newfoundland song: Miro? Myro?
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 18 Dec 06 - 08:51 PM

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Subject: RE: Origins: Newfoundland song: Miro? Myro?
From: Beer
Date: 18 Dec 06 - 09:14 PM

Nope , can't say I've heard it. Great lyrics. Will ask my sister if she can look for it in Halifax or Dartmouth for me.
Thanks for the words Sandy.
Beer


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Subject: RE: Origins: Newfoundland song: Miro? Myro?
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 19 Dec 06 - 12:20 AM

Here are the words for the other two songs:

Working Man
The Island


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Subject: RE: Origins: Newfoundland song: Miro? Myro?
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 19 Dec 06 - 12:24 AM

Well, Working Man didn't get through so I've linked it directly to the thread Working Man Thread


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