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Tiny Red Light

from Newfoundland Vinyl by Allison Crowe



A traditional Newfoundland song revitalized in the vinyl era by The Dorymen (popular east-coast combo founded by John Drake and Tom Rose - a pair of lads out of Fortune Bay communities Belleoram and Bay du Nord): www.youtube.com/watch?v=8es3VSSiNfQ


Tiny Red Light

Words and Music - Traditional
As Performed by Allison Crowe

“Put the light in the window, my darling,” she said
as she gazed at the dark, stormy, night overhead.
A little girl ran with her eager delight
and she placed in the window the tiny red light.

Her father came home from his work withered cold,
angry and cross 'cause his fish were not sold.
And he said that “The oil it must do for the night”.
So he took from the window the tiny red light.

“Oh, Father, dear Father, don't take it away.
Think of them poor sailors far out on the bay.”
Now, if he could have seen what’d happen that night,
that might have been saved by the tiny red light.

Now the very next morning came a knock on the door.
A sailor stood pointing far out on the shore.
Three tiny ships went adrift in the gale.
With tears in his eyes he told her father this tale.

“We followed your tiny red light,” said the man,
“ ’til it vanished from sight - on the rocks our ship ran.
Many were drowned on the billows last night,
that might have been saved by your tiny red light.

That might have been saved by your tiny red light.”


from Newfoundland Vinyl, released June 25, 2013
All vocals, guitar, instrumentation, arrangement, engineerig and production - Allison Crowe


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