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Subject: Social Life & Love

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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.

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 ...

Gaff Linkum - A Tale of Talbotville - Singing Schools

"Gaff Linkum - A Tale of Talbotville" was an early 20th century novel by Archie P. McKishnie, set in deep Southwestern Ontario. The "Talbotville" of the title was in fact a thinly disguised Morpeth - a village in Chatham-Kent. The novel was created from r...

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 ...

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