As a young boy, Don Mitchell witnessed a fire raging through his Maine village. But then, in the ashes, beautiful raspberries began to grow.
 
Film Design and Artwork: Clio Berta
Story Source: Interview with Don Mitchell by his son Roger Mitchell
 
The fire came, the fire came, the fire came down
 
Well, she started at Hasting Brook
Hasting Brook by the big falls
Between Jackson Sluice and Adam’s Ridge
She took out strip of land
And the trees, she took ‘em all

Then she came up near the main road
So they moved all the kids to Warren Maguire’s
Where Warren lived and Merle lived
They moved us all out there
To save us from the fire
 
She swung right towards the river
That’s where she quit
She didn’t jump the water at all
And I don’t know if you’ve been down there lately
The trees are still so small
So small
 
And for years we’d pick raspberries
Anywhere the fire came down
Anywhere the fire came down
They grew there
And oh, they were beautiful
On the burnt ground
Raspberries everywhere
 
And for years we’d pick raspberries
Anywhere the fire came down
Anywhere the fire came down
They grew there
And oh they were beautiful
On the burnt ground
Raspberries everywhere
 
The fire came, the fire came, the fire came down
The fire came, the fire came, the fire came down
The fire came, the fire came, the fire came down

 
Hannah Batley, Malcolm Brooks, and Rush DeNooyer – teaching artists
Hannah Batley, Meredith Batley – vocals
Malcolm Brooks – guitar
Nora Willauer – cello
Sophie Davis – violin
Nathan Hillman – viola
Available on iTunes and Amazon on the “Lady on the Radio” album

Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Pauleena MacDougall at the Maine Folklife Center at the University of Maine, Orono
Consulting: Dr. Gerald Pocius, Memorial University of Newfoundland

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