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rich r Req: Saskatchewan songs (30) RE: Oops! Also any songs from Saskatchewan? 22 Jul 99


There's a bunch of priarie homesteader songs many of which mention Sask. by name including:
"The Little old Sod Shanty"
"Life In A Prairie Shack"
"The Poor Little Girls of Ontario" (the boys all went to the priaries
"The Saskatchewan Girl's Lament"
"The Harvest Excursion" (about easterners who went to harvest the grain each year) "Alberta Homesteader" (aka. Lane County Bachelor, Bent County Bachelor, Starving to Death on My Government Claim etc. just pop in the appropriate place name)

In the 9 record set - Canadian Folk Songs A Centennial Collection there is a really neat song called "Saskatachewan" sung by Alan Mills and others about the hardships of drout on the prairie, but still taking a rather light hearted view of it all.

Dakota Dave Hull's "Wicked Winds of Fargo" -
"It starts up in the arctic waste, by the time it hits Moose Jaw,
Saskatchewan's a frozen place, ain't never gonna thaw..."

I can see why Red River Valley is not totally appropriate since it flows through North Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba, passing about a half mile from my house on its way north

rich r


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