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Woman of Labrador

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Woman of Labrador,
Children round your cabin door,
Wondering when their daddy will be home.
He's gone on the trapping lines.
Seems like such a long long time
Since he's waved his last farewell
And left you alone.

Woman of Labrador,
Turn your mind to daily chores,
Hunting and catching fish
To feed your family.
At night when they're all in bed,
You go outside and raise your head
Watch the northern lights go dancing
High over the sea.

Daughter of Labrador,
Those days are here no more.
You wonder if your baby will ever understand
The hardships that you endured
When everyone you knew was poor,
Sharing everything you had
And living off the land.

Woman of Labrador,
Children round your cabin door
Wondering when their daddy will be home.
He's gone on the trapping lines,
Seems like such a long long time
Since he's waved his last farewell
And left you alone.

####.... Andy Vine ... Says Andy...
The lady in question in the song is Elizabeth Goudie. She was delighted
when she heard my song and made the comment "From now on I'll think
of you as one of my sons." I regret never having met her face to face. She was
a wonderful lady. However, the song has brought me much joy and has
acquired a life of its own. It was recently recorded by the Northern Harmony
choir from Happy Valley Goose Bay (not my favourite version) and has appeared
in various collections of songs. The song also inspired a dance piece set to the Figgy Duff recording.
....####
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