Subject: Songs of LaRena Clark

25 entries.

Pat Works On The Railway

According to Edith Fowke LeRena learned this song from her father. It probably dates back to the mid-late 19th century. I’m not sure exactly what happened that day, but Pat seems to have caused a bit of a train wreck. This is almost nothing like the usua...

Peggy Gordon - LaRena Clark

LOVE DENIED - LOVE MISPLACED - In most other versions of this song, the singer is wooing Peggy and wrings several melodramatic verses out of the fact that she won't have him. In LaRena's take on the song it's a dialogue, in which Peggy makes it clear that...

Plough Boy (The)

This is LaRena's somewhat altered version of the song "The Man Behind The Plough", written in 1882 by American songwriter Thomas Paine Westendorf. It was published in several Canadian sheet music editions and quickly absorbed into the "folk" repertoire he...

Raftsmen's Song (The)

LaRena learned this song from her father. It seems to have been adapted/evolved from a poem by Fred Coyne (1899-1964) which appears in his book "Poems of The Pontiac". It's recorded on her 1969 lp "Songs of An Ontario Family".

Rattle On The Stovepipe

This song was collected from LaRena Clark by Edith Fowke in the early 1960s. It is a collection of what seem like "floating folk lyrics" with a curious kitchen party chorus. (I'm guessing at the date) This ditty is probably LaRena's most "covered" song. ...

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