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Dale Rose Lyr Req/Add: Out from St. Leonards (O'Driscoll)^^ (22) RE: Lyr Req: 1)Go to sea no more; 2)Out from St. 27 Jan 01


I THOUGHT I was going to be able to help you with St. Leonard's, but unfortunately the site that had the lyrics has disappeared, as they so often do. The Ennis Sisters have a very nice recording, which I keep meaning to get, but have not done so yet.

Here is a fragment that I remember:

Now the islands and harbours and coves are ghost towns
you need a long liner to harvest the ground
and the big oil refinery now stands as a shrine
to the daughters and sons who remember a time

They sailed out from St. Leonard's and out from Toslow
they steamed 'cross the bay with their houses in tow
their beds in the bow, their stoves in the stern
bound away with their sons and their daughters

The song refers to the forced removal of settlers from sparsely settled areas of Newfoundland, though they called it a resettlement program. I wish I could remember more, but that is a start, anyway. Maybe George or someone else from Atlantic Canada can take it up.


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