Subject: Social Life & Love

38 entries.

Roving Shantyboy (The)

Recorded by LaRena Clark (1904-1999) on her 1979 lp "Canada At Turn of The Sod". A mild song of seduction from the points of view of a "shantyboy" and the girl he leaves behind. Curiously, the narrative voice passes from him to her two thirds of the way t...

She's A Fine Woman and I'm A Fine Man - "Square" Jim MacDonald

LISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED - This is a BAWDY song. "Square" Jim MacDonald (1888-1970) was a commercial Lake Erie fisherman in Port Dover, Ontario. This song was recorded at a party in Port Dover in about 1960. It is an erotic song with a cumulative ch...

The Chippewa Stream - LaRena Clark

The Chippewa Stream This song appears to be a Canadian "remake" of the traditional Scottish song "The Braes of Strathblane". The song was a staple in lumber camps in Ontario and elsewhere. LaRena was recorded singing this in the mid 1960s by Van Dittmer o...

Tobacco, Oh, Oh

An anti-smoking song from "The Canadian Musical Fountain and Prohibition Singer" C.W. Coates - Toronto, 1874. It is written in the style of an Anglican Church chant. It's pretty good.

Weaver (The)

This is a mildly bawdy song collected from O.J. Abbott, by Edith Fowke in the late 1950s. In the early days of settlement women often did their own hand-spinning, then passed off the resultant yarn and thread to a professional weaver to be turned into yar...

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