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|Emily Wicks Mullett wrote the song "Waiting at Gambo Station" in the early 1950's, as an additional item for a church concert. It was an immediate (local) success and was used many times in concerts around the Wesleyville area. At that time, the only connection "outside" was by boat. One had to travel to Gambo, and wait for several hours to join the train to get to one's destination. In the song the individuals have all come from "Bonavist' Nart" and they introduce themselves as they sit waiting. She has used the old dialect prevalent at that time. The song shows quite a bit about the way of living in that area in the first half of the twentieth century.|
Chorus: Oh, we're off to take a trip We've different destinations. We all belong to Bonavist' Nart And we're waiting at Gambo Station Now I belong to Brookfield I'm goin' out swile huntin'. And if we gets a bumper trip Den won't we fly de buntin'. (Chorus) I come up from Templeman I'm goin' in to Glenwood. I got me saw and 'atchet 'ere For cuttin' down the pulpwood. (Chorus) I belong to Wesleyville I'm goin' to New Yark City . But while I'm waitin' fer de train, I'll join ya in yer ditty. (Chorus) Pool's Island, that is my 'ometown. 'tis across from Badger's Quay. Went fishin' when I wus a boy? 'twas a "cut?tail' share dee gived me. (Chorus) I come from the Island, byes, Mine's call Silver Hair Fox What clothes I couldn't get in me bag I had t' put in me box. (Chorus) I'm from de Islands, too, me son. Dat gert big one named Greenspond. Got t' see the doctor in 'Sin' John's, But I'll join ees in yer song. (Chorus) Newtown, it is my hometown About sixty miles from Gambo. I'm teaching in a little place That's not too far from Dildo. (Chorus) Valleyfield and Safe Harbour Das where we two brudders dwell. We're lookin' fer work in Carner Brook And we're hopin' to do well. (Chorus) Pound Cove is where I come from 'tis 'tween Wesleyville and Newtown. Got t' go 'Sin' John's in service now, And I'm feeling mighty down. (Chorus) 'ark! 'ark! I ears de train me dears. Pick up yer tings and 'urry. We'll sing fer you again sometime, When we're not in such a flurry. Chorus: Oh, we're off to take the train. We've different destinations. Goodbye to you, and you, and you, And 'goodbye' to Gambo Station. - Emily Wicks Mullett
Contributed by Emily Wicks Mullett
Page Revised: July 2002 (Don Tate)
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