#01046
The Wild Goose (Wade Hemsworth) videos
#1104: YouTube video by rrgomes
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

On Pukaskwa River so early this morning,
While mending my tumpline I hear the geese calling;
Over the brule a long clamoring cry,
Flying formation against the grey sky,
Comes the wild goose, the wild goose,
High over the North Shore, and I'm going home.

And the river is open but the lake's frozen over,
It's time to pack out when so late in October;
Winter's a-coming, the wild geese know,
We've had a long fall and it's time to go,
With the wild goose, the wild goose,
High over the North Shore, and I'm going home.

And I've made lots of money, got money to burn,
And when I have spent it I know I'll return;
After the freeze-up, when snow is dry,
For to work in the tall woods - I wish that I,
Were a wild goose, a wild goose,
High over the North Shore, and I'm going home.

And I've worked in the bush and spent money in town,
I'd like to get married but I can't settle down;
At the last portage, when I'll pack no more,
Let me fly with the wild goose high over North Shore,
With the wild goose, the wild goose,
High over the North Shore, and I'm going home.

####.... (Albert) Wade Hemsworth [1916-2002] ....####
Recorded by Wade Hemsworth (The Songs Of Wade Hemsworth, trk#1, 1995, Blackfly Music, produced by Penny Rose and edited by Simon Pressey for Good Noise).

The video above features Wade Hemsworth performing his song on Murray McLauchlan's radio program Swinging On A Star (CBC Radio, 1992).


See more songs by Wade Hemsworth.

Notes:
¹ The Pukaskwa is a classic wilderness white water river in northern Ontario that empties into the frigid and rocky north shore of Lake Superior at the south end of Pukaskwa National Park. The terrain is rugged with dense boreal forest and forms Ontario's largest wilderness park barely touched by humans.
² A tumpline is a strap across either the forehead or chest to support a heavy load carried on the back.

The video below features a variant arranged and recorded by Ryan's Fancy (Songs From The Shows, trk#1, 2001, produced for CBC Television by Jack Kellum, and recorded at CBC Television Studios, St John's, NL).

Liner Notes: Vocal - Dermot O'Reilly.
"We thought it appropriate to open this collection with a Canadian song which to us, at the time, reflected the mood of the great Land of Labrador where some of our earlier shows were filmed."


See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

#675: YouTube video by quickaccent2006
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