The Singalong - An Insight into Newfoundlanders.
It is nearly 50 years since Newfoundlanders, by the barest of margins, voted to join
Canada. People will debate forever whether that was the best choice for Newfoundland
and Labrador. But, those who recall the "times" before Confederation, and where we are
today, will realize we have received two great blessings since Confederation.
* With patriotic pride, we all proclaim ourselves "Newfoundlanders".
* We have outgrown the prejudice which harmed our society for so many years.
Newfoundlanders, the friendliest folk in Canada, consider themselves to be
"Newfoundlanders" first-and-foremost and "Canadians" only in a national sense. We are
glad to be both. Newfoundlanders, for the most part, have only a sentimental interest in
their country of origin (mainly England, Ireland, and Scotland). In the music we love to
sing, we blend "John Peel", "Danny Boy", and "Annie Laurie" together in a singalong,
without any thought about where the songs came from. We don't know, and don't care,
that "My Wild Irish Rose" and "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" are actually American.
This Singalong Songbook is a tribute to the fact that Newfoundlanders share and enjoy
the rich musical heritage we have brought with us from our "Old Countries". We do so,
with a "Come-All-Ye" spirit of friendship, that "pays no mind" to the hard times and
animosities of yesteryear.
Newfoundlanders are never happier than when joining in a singalong - often the
crowning pleasure of a social evening. In this Singalong Songbook, you will find
traditional selections - ten each of the most popular Newfoundland, English, Irish, and
Scottish songs; with a bonus of ten American songs and ten of our most beloved, joyous
carols of Christmas.
The Songbook is indexed and cross-referenced, printed on high-quality bond paper and,
bound so as to last. The Singalong Songbook will be a source of pleasure to you, your
family and friends for years and years. Enjoy!
Paul J. Johnson
Johnson Family Foundation