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Subject: Lakes & Rivers

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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".

Schooner Bentely (The)

A TRIP ON THE BENTELY - From The Ivan Walton Manuscript. (Now available as the book "Windjammers") The "John Bentley" was a slow boxy schooner, designed to be able to carry a large cargo but still fit through the Welland Canal. The song is a parody of ano...

Shantyboy's Alphabet

One of many versions of "The Shantyboy's Alphabet". These songs are part of a larger family of alphabet songs including "The Sailor's Alphabet". This song probably goes back to the mid 19th century. Emerson Woodcock was born in Kinmount and worked in lumb...

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...

Tars Of The Victory 1808

Tars of The Victory Back in about 1983 I was looking for early Ontario music in the Toronto Reference Library. There they had a shabby book of fiddle tunes and dances called "Button and Purday's Country Dances for 1808" - or something like that. I photoco...

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