MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
the July Drive
John Bulger NFLD 2 Tape 3A Track 1
Trepassey Audio:

Leach: Let her go!
Bulger (sings):

Shout loud the praise of Newfoundland our gallant volunteers
We hail our fellow countrymen with loud and hearty cheers
For in that drive they played their part and proved what they could do
And lost their lives to save the flag the old red white and blue

Those gallant sons from Newfoundland that day they showed their might
Their regiment full 800 strong were foremost in the fight
While some lay wounded on the field whilst more brave lads lay dead
Those fearless youths from Newfoundland they boldly marched ahead

They marched up to the German lines where shot and shell did fly
Where many’s a brave young volunteer gave up his life to die
But yet undaunted they pushed on up nearer to the foe
To find them well prepared that day to lay our regiment low

No soldier flinched not one dropped down for none they seemed afraid
They showed the famous courage of the famous light brigade
Their praise is now on every lip for such a hero stand
The first brave corporal heads the crowd is a boy from Newfoundland.

Twas sad to see such fine young men that left their native shore
In manhood prime in health and strength they'll see their friends no more
For in that drive they lost their lives up to the Cannon's mouth
Push on push on those dying words you'll hear those heroes shout

No sol (speaks) no
(Sings) Twas sent-
(Speaks) No no I’m wrong
(Sings) Twas sent to see such- (speaks) No I’m wrong there
(Sings)

Now resting far from home and friends those brave young warriors lay
That lost their lives to save the flag upon that fatal day
We know they'll see that heavenly land that bright and happy shore
Where all is peace and happiness and sorrows are no more

(Applause)


Notes


Sources: Brown II 228, ("The Dying Soldier to His Mother"); Fuson, pp. 108-109, ("The Dying Soldier"); Roud #6568; Laws J7

From the Memorial University Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA) Song Index and Song Annotation Collection: (also known as "The Dying Ranger," "The Valley of Killbride" and "Battle fields of Sunny France") Firestone, Melvin MUNFLA 64-17; Lear, William Henry MUNFLA 66-10; Casey, George MUNFLA 68-40; Wareham, Wilfred MUNFLA 70-8; Power, Mary Cornelia MUNFLA 71-26; Halpert, Herbert MUNFLA 71-50; Slaney, Madona MUNFLA 71-121; Halpert, Herbert MUNFLA 72-4; Rosenberg, Neil V. MUNFLA 72-11; Broderick, Martina Mary MUNFLA 72-238; Dawe, Audrey L. MUNFLA 73-89; Reid, William Jo. MUNFLA 73-93; Merrigan, Francis Patrick MUNFLA 74-83; Power, Neil Patrick MUNFLA 74-178; West, Eric MUNFLA 78-236; Goldstein, Kenneth S. and A. O'Hara and Gerald Thomas and H. Rowlings MUNFLA 78-239; MacEachen, Ronald MUNFLA 78-264

History: Newfoundland war ballad.

Text: Newfoundland youth fought gallantly on the front lines against the Germans in World War I.   Many lost their lives never to return to their native home again.

Tune : This melody sounds like the tune of the Newfoundland folksong, "The Star of Logy Bay."  The form is ABBA with the conventional higher range for the 'b' phrases and the scale is major.   The singer stretches the metre and the ends of phrases but it is fundamentally a tune in 6/8 time.

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