Subject: Songs of LaRena Clark

25 entries.

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 ...

Fine Times In Camp Number Three

This song is a good thumbnail sketch of life and work in an Ontario lumbercamp. It was recorded by LaRena in 1969. It probably goes back to the late 19th century. The promise of brevity found in the second line goes unfulfilled. In fact, there are enough ...

Gypsy Davy - LaRena Clark

The melody is cheery enough, but LaRena Clark's version of this classic song is actually darker than many and frankly, ends in a bit of a bloodbath. It also starts curiously, with the Gypsy riding into town on a pony he seems to have borrowed from Yankee ...

Hurry Up Harry - LaRena Clark

Recorded in 1965 by LaRena Clark. This is one of the many lumber camp songs she learned from her father and grandfather. It is similar to the song "Hogan's Lake" in both theme and tune. "Squaw Buns" are a kind of molasses bun. The year I have given for al...

Jack Haggerty

A lumbercamp song where the shanty boy does NOT get the girl. Sung by LaRena Clark in 1969 on her lp "Songs of An Ontario Family".

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