“Change Islands Song”


Describes the work of the men from Change Islands as they move up north along the coast. Activities include fishing, hunting seals, and canning berries -- but there is a scarcity of everything this time. Only the fishing improves a little later.


Change Islands is near Fogo Island on the east coast in Hamilton Sound. Most of their excursions seem to be to the very northern tip of the island and "across the Strait" which would be Labrador. Many personal names are mentioned in the song to make it more authentic. - SH

Cross references


  1. Greenleaf/Mansfield 124, "Change Islands Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Doyle2, p. 61, "Change Islands Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Blondahl, pp. 93-95, "The Change Islands Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Roud #6343
  5. BI, Doy61


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1929 (Greenleaf/Mansfield)
Found in: Canada(Newf)