Quaint Harbour

This song explores post-industrial Cape Breton; the people who live here are shaped by both our landscape and our collective history. I find we possess the ability to appreciate the subtext that underlies our life here, while also realizing that we hold the power to write a new narrative for our community. 

I took the idea for this song from my dream of writing a docu-musical that explores the social fabric of life here over the years. The scenes roll through my own imagination daily, and this is where the “I’ll tell you about a movie” thread comes from. 

LYRICS

I’ll tell you about a movie, I’m seeing it all the time
“Culture Is a Verb” is a working title;
There’s this wide-angle shot of the slag in the human mind (among my kind).

A segment in the setting of Quaint Harbour, a sprawling unusual town where 
there’s a shade of grey to everything and the faintest yellow-rose hue warmly lighting the air.
I think it’s a glow of the souls that have moved on…and those that are still here

This could be any town, with any past
Could have any backstory and any cast

There’s music on the wind, you can hear it under the air like a leaf floating along a drift. 
It’s a compilation, a fuse for the expressive:
for the prolific and wise, and those that aren’t too swift. 

This could be any town, with any past
Could have any backstory and any cast

I’ll tell you about a movie, I’m seeing it all the time
“Culture Is a Verb” is a working title;
There’s this wide-angle shot of the slag in the human mind (among my kind).

I’ll tell you about a movie…..

 

By Yvette Rodgers

YVETTE ROGERS – VOCALS & GUITAR, ALICIA PENNY – BACKUP VOCALS & BASS

About Yvette Rogers

Yvette Rogers is passionate about Cape Breton Island. Yvette is Outreach Coordinator for the Celtic Colours International Festival; does freelance work independently as a community outreach consultant; and is an actor, dancer, singer and songwriter.

Resources

 

The Ballad of Slim McInnis // The Ballad of Slim McInnis - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  1. The Ballad of Slim McInnis // The Ballad of Slim McInnis - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  2. Doscomocracy // Doscomocracy - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  3. Trampin’ Down the Highway // Trampin’ Down the Highway - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  4. Quaint Harbour // Quaint Harbour - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  5. Blackheart’s of the Company // Blackheart’s of the Company - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  6. Stand the Gaff // Stand the Gaff - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  7. Michael’s Tune // Michael’s Tune - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  8. Arise Ye Nova Scotia Slaves // Arise Ye Nova Scotia Slaves - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  9. Whatever It Takes // Whatever It Takes - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  10. The Wearing of the Red // The Wearing of the Red - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  11. Down at Sydney Steel // Sydney Steel - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  12. Stronger then Steel // Stronger then Steel - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  13. Steel Winds // Steel Winds - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  14. A Cape Breton Lament // A Cape Breton Lament - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  15. An Seann Tigh Sgoil // An Seann Tigh Sgoil - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  16. Friday Evening // Ian MacDougall - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  17. The Voice of the Worker // The Voice of the Worker - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  18. Daughters Awake // Daughters Awake - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  19. Cape Breton Miner and Besco // Cape Breton Miner and Besco - Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  20. Miner’s Wife // Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest
  21. Steel Workers Lament // Songs of Steel, Coal and Protest