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1862.
The practice of having First Nations or Metis wives changes as the government begins to discourage biracial unions. Tynemouth, the first Bride Ship, arrives in 1862 with sixty young ladies destined for matrimony. Their arrival effectively brought an end to marriages à la façon du pays (in the custom of the country). As a result, some men begin to leave their First Nations wives for ‘whiter’ women.

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I wandered up the hill
Where we used to, Johnny, where we used to go
I wandered past the mill
Where we sat, Johnny, where we stayed, Johnny, still

They didn’t believe one word
Not a word from me, Johnny, not a word of my mouth
They could not see the worth
In a half breed, Johnny, in a half breed girl

Only me and the babe, only me and the babe

I could not get my fill
of those deep blue, Johnny, those eyes so blue
I could not keep you still
On the grass so, Johnny, on the green grass hill

I knew you couldn’t stay
You’re too quick for it, Johnny, you’re not from this place
You had to go away
You left me here, Johnny, you left me, aye

There’s a fire that doesn’t die
It’s got too much to feed on, too much heat
It lets me sleep at night
And wakes me first thing in the morning light

I wander past there still
Where we used to, Johnny, where we used to go
They’re a tearing up that mill
Where we used to, Johnny, where I sometimes still

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from The West Beyond The West, released November 9, 2012

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Great Lonely Wild Vancouver, British Columbia

Original roots and folk music about the 19th Century Pacific Northwest.

The sounds of mandolin, banjo, concertina, violin, guitar and vocal harmonies will expose you to the tales and stories of those who came before us in Canada's West. ... more

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