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Vinland Lyr Req/Add: Out from St. Leonards (O'Driscoll)^^ (22) Lyr Add: OUT FROM ST. LEONARD'S (Gary O'Driscoll^^ 29 Jan 01


Corinne,

Gary O'Driscoll of Bay Bulls, Newfoundland wrote "Out From St. Leonard's" in 1981. He now lives in St. John's. It's been recorded by the Irish Descendants and The Ennis Sisters. A piano/vocal/guitar arrangement is in " All Together Now...Songs of Newfoundland & Labrador volume 3" (Vinland Music, 2000). Send me a personal message if you would like further info (I publish the book).

The lyrics are directly from the author.

OUT FROM ST. LEONARD'S
(Gary O'Driscoll)

1.
In the mid 1960's the news rang out clear,
"Pack your bags and your nets you must get out of here;
Take your picks and your shovels, your rakes and your hoes,
The government says you must pack up and go".

2.
Well the news it soon spread to the harbours and coves,
That the young crowd were leaving in hordes and in droves;
For to go to Toronto to follow their goals,
Or to go to Placentia to live on the dole.

Chorus:
They steamed out from St. Leonard's and out from Toslow,
They'd steam 'cross the bay with their houses in tow;
With their beds in the bow and their stoves in the stern,
Bound away with their sons and their daughters.

3.
Now Skipper Jim Pittman he said he wouldn't go,
While there's nets to be mended and hay to be mowed;
He said he'd never work, no matter the pay,
In some hockey stick factory out Stephenville way.

Chorus

4.
Now on all politicians they cursed and they swore,
They rather would fight off in some distant war.
For when they ceased to ramble and they ceased to roam
They could always return to a place they call home.

Chorus

5.
Now the islands and harbours and coves are ghost towns,
You'd 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.

Last Chorus:
They steamed out from St. Leonard's and out from Toslow,
They'd steam 'cross the bay with their houses in tow;
With their beds in the bow and their stoves in the stern,
Bound away with their sons and their daughters.

-Eric^^


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