Memories. Fairbridge Farm School Songs and Poems

Fairbridge Farm School March

Cheerio! Here we are Working hard On the land On our Fairbridge Farm.

Cheerio! Here we are Learning hard The golden rule At the Fairbridge School.

Cheerio! Here we are Playing hard In the fields Where the skylarks sing As we stroll along the country lane And singing on our way For the love of our Island home In Canada Our Empire home For we love our Island home Our Empire home in Canada.

God bless our home in Canada And bless our Fairbridge School, God bless our Alma Mater Where we learn the golden rule, God bless our home in Canada And may we always sing The Maple Leaf, O Canada, God save our Gracious King.1

Down On Misery Farm: The Boys version

Down on Misery Down on Misery Down on Misery Farm School Where you work all day And get no pay

Down on Misery Down on Misery Down on Misery Farm School Where you work all day And get no pay

And gone are the days When I was young and free Now are the days When I work in slavery

There’s A Plymmy Running Back

There’s a plymmy running back Down the old Koksilah track On the way to Fairbridge farm There’s water in the petrol The trees are made of wood The spark plugs are a-missing And the whole darn things no good.2

We Are Fairbridge Folk

We are Fairbridge folk, all as good as e’er, English, Welsh and Scottish, we have come from everywhere; Boys to be farmers and girls for farmers wives, We follow Fairbridge, the Founder.3

Down On Misery Farm: Girls Version

Down on Misery Down on Misery Down on Misery Farm School Where you work all day And get no pay We wax the floors And scrub the doors

Down on Misery Down on Misery Down on Misery Farm School

Refrences

  1. Provincial Archives of BC, Add. MSS-2121, Box 1 File 1.
  2. This song is mentioned in the Fairbridge Gazette on April 1992 – page 8 – and in the July 1992 issue. The song was brought to Fairbridge Farm School by the games master Tony Branson – the original came from Australia (There’s a flivver running back down the old Pinjarra track…) and was changed to suit the Cowichan Bay Fairbridge Farm School
  3. Follow the Founder, printed in Margaret Humphreys, 1995, Empty Cradles, p. 134
  4. Down on Misery Farm Poems - Unknown

Stories of Fairbrigde

Fairbridge Children Swimming in the Koksilah River - ca late 1930s.

Thoughts of Fairbrigde

Will Garnett has posted his Thoughts on Fairbridge and hopes to get some feedback from Former Fairbridgians.

A Family Affair

Click here for a Prince of Wales Fairbridge Farm School Basketball Story: A Family Affair. The Fairbridge Junior Girls BC Basketball Champions, by Ron Smith.