August 10, 2011

Awesomely Manly Canadians singing sadly in a kitchen.

Stan Rogers Barrett’s Privateers

Now I’m a broken man on a Halifax Pier.

Manly bearded Maritimin’ pre-internet Nova Scotian awesomeness. Can’t say I never did nothing for you:


PS: Trungpa Rinpoche, a great Buddhist meditation teacher, loved this stuff. Perhaps it’s why he moved the center of his sangha (community) to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Click here for much more heartfelt heartbroken heartbrave awesomeness I collected together awhile back.

You must be logged in to post a comment. Create an account.

chrispy bhagat singh Sep 22, 2013 7:21am

I actually toured, on an educational expedition, most of Newfoundland, including some of the far-North islands – Fogo and Tilting come to mind – and this was how it was.

It was considered rude to knock on a door – you never went to the front of a house. You opened the side (kitchen) door and said "Allo!" and were promptly invited in for tea. If it was early in the day, the kids or grandkids had to come out and dance; if it was later, libations were provided, neighbors with instruments showed up and a kitchen dance was held. More nights than not.

Real, community, joyful and then someone would hit a real tear-jerker and the room would stop, except for the click of knitting needles from the Grans.

thanks, nice flashback, forgot how fortunate I was and how much cod we ate.

lurkitty Dec 28, 2011 11:26pm

First heard Paul Gross sing this on Due South. This song made me go out and find every Stan Rodgers CD I could lay hands on.This was before iTunes and Amazon. Sweet video!

Read Elephant’s Best Articles of the Week here.
Readers voted with your hearts, comments, views, and shares:
Click here to see which Writers & Issues Won.

Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of Elephant Journal & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat.” Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword’s Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by “Greatist”, Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: “the mindful life” beyond the choir & to all those who didn’t know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, touches on modern relationships from a Buddhist point of view. His dream of 9 years, the Elephant “Ecosystem” will find a way to pay 1,000s of writers a month, helping reverse the tide of low-quality, unpaid writing & reading for free online.