Subject: Songs of LaRena Clark

25 entries.

Bonny Black Bess

From her 1979 lp "Family Legend In Song" This old British ballad tells of legendary highwayman Dick Turpin and his horse. Although Dick Turpin died in the early 1700s, the printed broadsides I've seen for this song date from the mid 19th century.

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 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...

Devilish Mary - LaRena Clark

Young man gets more than he bargained for in the person of his new bride. LaRena Clark (1904-1999) recorded this song for her 1969 lp "Songs of An Ontario Family". She learned the song from her father. The year I have given for all of LaRena's songs is th...

Drowning of Willie Leonard (The)

From her 1978 lp "Family Legend In Song" This is one of many versions of the Irish song, "The Lake of Coolfinn". The song was popular in Canada and the US. In every case poor Willie Leonard is the victim of an accidental drowning.

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