MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Trip to the North Pole
Tom Cornelly? NFLD 2 Tape 23 Track 1
(St. Shott's ?) Audio:
Comic Song

In the springtime of the year, when the weather it was rainy
I shipped on board of a lighter, my name is Tom Cornelly.

Chorus:
Sing tiddy fol-loo, sing right fol-loo, sing tiddy fol loo fol-i-do.

Oh to the Labrador we were bound and l was but a greenie
The captain he would at me roar, "I'll kill you Tom Cornelly."

Chorus:
Sing tiddy fol-loo, sing right fol-loo, sing tiddy fol loo fol-i-do.

At last we reached that awful land where the snow and ice was baking
And the ducks they did all fly in flocks, which set our heart a-shaking.

Chorus:
Sing tiddy fol-loo, sing right fol-loo, sing tiddy fol loo fol-i-do.

Oh they landed us at American Point, oh, you might think it was easy
For when we spit into the tire, 'twould crack it was so greasy.

Chorus:
Sing tiddy fol-loo, sing right fol-loo, sing tiddy fol loo fol-i-do.

At last we started for the north up in the Arctic Ocean
Where they said the salmon was so thick, the sea it had no motion.

Chorus:
Sing tiddy fol-loo, sing right fol-loo, sing tiddy fol loo fol-i-do.

At last we arrived to Ungava but it wasn't quite so hunky (?)
The very first thing boarded us was a great and big husky.

Chorus:
Sing tiddy fol-loo, sing right fol-loo, sing tiddy fol loo fol-i-do.

This man he was both short and thick, he had a wife and baby
Then he was all covered with hair and you would swear he's crazy.

Chorus:
Sing tiddy fol-loo, sing right fol-loo, sing tiddy fol loo fol-i-do.

Oh we beat up in another day and there we met more huskies
_________________ the captain some l tell you he got rusty.

Chorus:
Sing tiddy fol-loo, sing right fol-loo, sing tiddy fol loo fol-i-do.

But if ever l get back again, you'll hear tell of Ungava
Where the salmon they run number one and the huskies they're all starving.

Chorus:
Sing tiddy fol-loo, sing right fol-loo, sing tiddy fol loo fol-i-do.


Notes


History: Found in Newfoundland.

Text: In the spring, Tom Cornelly boards a ship bound for the North Pole. He is inexperienced, referred to as a "greenie," and inspires the anger of the captain. He first stops at an "awful" land where his shipmates and he are beset by cold and ice. Then they head for the North Pole, where he meets Inuit (here referred to as huskies), who are starving despite the amount of salmon in the Arctic Ocean. He remains there and remarks on the good story he'll have if he ever returns home.

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