Out from St. Leonard's

from by Allison Crowe

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Out from St. Leonard's

Composed by Gary O'Driscoll
Performed by Allison Crowe

In the mid-1960s 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.

And it's out from St. Leonard's and it's out from Toslow
They 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.

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 and live on the dole.

And it's out from St. Leonard's and it's 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.

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.

And it's out from St. Leonard's and it's 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.

Now, on all politicians they cursed and they swore
they would rather fight off in some distant war
for when they ceased to ramble and they ceased to roam
they'd like to return to a place they called home.

And it's out from St. Leonard's and it's 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.

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

And it's out from St. Leonard's and it's 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.

And it's out from St. Leonard's and it's 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
bound away with their sons and their daughters
bound away with their sons and their daughters

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from Newfoundland Vinyl II, released December 2, 2014
Allison Crowe - voice, guitar, fiddle, tin-whistle, arranger, engineer and producer

Adam Brake - backing vocals

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