Tickle Cove Pond
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In cuttin' and haulin' in frost and in snow
We're up against troubles that few people know
It's only by courage and patience and grit
And eatin' plain food that we keep ourselves fit
The hard and the easy we take as they come
And when ponds freeze over we shorten our runs
To hurry my haulin' with spring coming on
I near lost me a mare out on Tickle Cove Pond

Lay hold William Oldford, lay hold William White
Lay hold of the cordage and pull all your might
Lay hold of the bowline and pull all you can
And give me a lift with poor Kit on the pond

I knew that the ice grew weaker each day
But still took the risk and kept haulin' away
One evening in April, bound home with a load
My mare showed some halting against the ice road
She knew more than I did as matters turned out
Been lucky for me had I joined her in doubt
She turned round her head with tears in her eyes
As if she was sayin', you're risking our lives

All this I ignored with a whip-handle blow
For man is a stupid dumb creature you know
And the very next moment the pond gave a sigh
And up to our necks went poor Kitty and I

Lay hold William Oldford, lay hold William White
Lay hold of the cordage and pull all your might
Lay hold of the bowline and pull all you can
And give me a lift with poor Kit on the pond

And if I had taken wise Kitty's advice
I ne'er would have made that shortcut on the ice
Poor creature she's dead, poor creature she's gone
I'll ne'er get my mare out of Tickle Cove Pond

I raised an alarm you could hear for a mile
And neighbors showed up in a very short while
You can always rely on the Oldfords and Whites
To render assistance in all your bad plights
To help a kind neighbor is part of their lives
The same can be said for their children and wives
And with the rope fastened around the mare's breast
William White for a shanty song made a request
There was no time for thinkin', no time for delay
Straight from his heart came this song right away

Lay hold William Oldford, lay hold William White
Lay hold of the cordage and pull all your might
Lay hold of the bowline and pull all you can
And give me a lift with poor Kit on the pond

Lay hold William Oldford, lay hold William White
Lay hold of the cordage and pull all your might
Lay hold of the bowline and pull all you can
And give me a lift with poor Kit on the pond

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Kelley McCormick

The song was written by my great grandfather Mark Walker. The horse's name is Kitty. In actuality, Kitty is my great grand mother Kitty McCormick. The Whites are my great aunt and uncle! Beautiful song. Looking forward to travelling to Tickle Cove-and actually looking to buy a house there. The reverese commute from East Boston, where all the Newfie irish came to from NF. Read The HArd and the Easy and When we Workerd hard. Two books on this area. All the family names are my cousins etc..

Greg White

I LOVE this song. I can't explain why it connects to me so powerfully (other than the fact that I am a native born Newfoundlander with the surname White), but it makes me cry EVERY TIME I hear it. It also tells a beautiful story about community and the connection between man and, well, mare.

Bertnahhaha

And I might sing if for my Newfoundland Folksinging class next week! :) Such a great song!

Carl Winter

This is a great song and a great performance.Does anyone know what the name of this instrument is? A four string guitar?

MacIsaac74

I do love this song, I have since the first time I heard it but still prefer Ron Hynes' version because it was how I heard it originally.

709grows

my son's great great great grandfather Mark Walker wrote this song !!!!

kingscoveboy

nice, im fro kings cove and this is great for the heart

Fender Man

And God said ,Let us create Ron Hynes,and God saw that it was very good!!!...... Everybody else is a distant second!!!

dougiee709

a song to enjoy with some ice

Chris Greve

Really people??? GBS shows are about crowd involvement, not singing contests. I am certain that they loved EVERYBODY singing along with them.

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