Subject: On the Farm & In the Bush

35 entries.

Bridget from Washago

A lovely local love song from the Shores of Lake Simcoe. There are both a steamboat and a train in the lyrics , so it likely dates from sometime after about 1870. (probably not long after) LaRena Learned The song from her grandfather. From her lp "Family...

Come Back To The Farm

Come Back To The Farm - This song appeared in the periodical "The Ontario Farmer" of January 1869. The lyrics take on the age-old theme of the offspring of farmers leaving the farm for careers and lives elsewhere. It has a nice four-part chorus. See also:...

Come Tiddly Wink Some Day - LaRena Clark

This is a nonsense song that LaRena said she learned from her father, who - in turn probably picked it up in the lumber camps. She also said he play the harmonica and step danced to accompany this song. The year I have given for all of LaRena's songs is t...

Dinner Horns

A recording of several 19th century sheet metal "dinner horns" from the collection of Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto, played by David Travers-Smith. These were blown at mealtimes on farms to call family and hired hands in from the fields. Most hav...

Farmer's Son and the Shantyboy (The)

Recorded by LaRena Clark in 1978 this song likely goes back about a century before that. It is part of a whole family of songs that pit one occupation against another in regards to recruitment of potential sweethearts. (Farming is usually one of them and ...

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