“Anti-Confederation Song”


Newfoundland defiantly rejects union with the "Canadian Wolf." The promises made by the confederation are listed and rejected. "Would you barter the rights that your fathers have won... For a few thousand dollars of Canadian gold."

Supplemental text

Anti-Confederation Song
  Partial text(s)

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From Edith Fulton Fowke, editor, and Richard Johnston, music editor,
Folk Songs of Canada (first edition), pp. 28-29. From the 1940 edition
of Doyle.

Hurrah for our own native isle, Newfoundland!
Not a stranger shall hold one inch of its strang!
Her face turns to Britain, her back to the Gulf,
Come near at your peril, Canadian Wolf!

(4 additional stanzas)

Historical references

  • 1867 - Canadian Act of Confederation
  • 1869 - Newfoundland electors refuse to join the Canadian Confederation
  • 1949 - Newfoundland unites with Canada

Cross references

  • cf. "The 'Antis' of Plate Cove" (subject)


  • Omar Blondahl, "An 1861 Anti Confederation Song" (on NFOBlondahl04)


  1. Fowke/Johnston, pp. 28-29, "Anti-Confederation Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Fowke/MacMillan 7, "An Anti-Confederation Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Doyle2, p. 69, "Anti-Confederation Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Blondahl, p. 42, "The Anti-Confederation Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Fowke/Mills/Blume, pp. 105-107, "An Anti-Confederation Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. ST FJ028 (Partial)
  7. Roud #4518
  8. BI, FJ028


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1940 (Doyle)
Found in: Canada(Newf)