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Subject: Songs of LaRena Clark

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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...

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.

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.

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 ...

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