“The Black Fly Song”


"'Twas early in the spring when I decide to go For to work up in the woods in North Ontario." The unemployed singer joins a survey crew under Black Toby. He suffers from the flies, and is helped only by the cook. He vows never to work up north again


Wade Hemsworth worked for Ontario Hydro in 1949, seeking a site for a dam on the Little Abitibi. This song was a direct result of his experiences. - RBW


  1. Fowke/Mills/Blume, pp. 212-214, "The Black Fly Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, FMB212


Author: Wade Hemsworth
Earliest date: 1957