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Does the Ode Still Bode? We Don't Think So.
August 24, 2001
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RESULTS
It's official. Wayne Chaulk's Saltwater Joys has been embraced by eBerg readers as Newfoundland's unofficial anthem. 49 per cent of readers indicated the Buddy Wasisname tune would best replace the old Ode. The gone-the-way-of-the-Great-Auk Irish Descendents' Rolling of the Sea, long the flagship of the province's tourism marketing strategy, finished a close second with 22 per cent. Third place honors went to let Me Fish Off Cape St. Mary's, penned by Newfoundlander Otto Kelland with 15 per cent. Bringing up the rear were Ron Hyne's Sonny's Dream and Eli's on the Weed was selected by a slim 3 per cent margin of eBerg readers, who likely voted from a central nervous system depressant rehabilitation clinic.

49% - Saltwater Joys, Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers
22% - The Rolling of the Sea, The Artists Formerly Known as the Irish Descendents
15% - Let Me Fish Off Cape St. Mary's, Otto Kelland
3% - Sonny's Dream, Ron Hynes
3% - Eli's On the Weed, Eli Coles

THE POLL

We have to wonder about the old Ode to Newfoundland. Oh, it's a wondrous tune, and it makes our chests puff out like proud adders, but it may be a
little dated. Most people in the timber industry will tell you "pine-clad hills" are rarer than a Susan Lucci Emmy. Then there's the part about "summer
spreading her hand." We'd argue she's a little tight-fisted. We do love thee shining land, but most citizens on the Avalon Peninsula haven't seen the sun
since the mid-80s through the soupy fog that eternally loiters over the city.

Nor are we sure about loving the "frozen land." Most of us have the same relationship with Newfoundland's winter as we do with mother-in-laws: we can
tolerate for some time, but it stays too long and frazzles your nerves. Moreover, the ode doesn't have a fiddle, and plays poorly at kitchen parties.

In all, she's a good tune - but is there a better song, one that captures the essence of this province, its rich tapestry of people, its struggle, its culture,
its hospitality, its obsession with Big Turk bars?

We're asking you. Which would best serve as Newfoundland's unofficial anthem?


Saltwater Joys, Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers
Let Me Fish Off Cape St. Mary's, Otto Kellerman
Sonny's Dream, Ron Hynes
The Rolling of the Sea, The Artists Formerly Known as the Irish Descendents
Eli's On the Weed, Eli Coles