Also published on page 8 of Songs Of Newfoundland, a complimentary booklet of lyrics to twenty-one songs distributed by the Bennett Brewing Co Ltd, of St John's, NL, with the cooperation of the Gerald S Doyle Song Book from which the words above were obtained.
From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English: Caplin - small, iridescent deep-water fish (Mallotus villosus) like a smelt which, followed by the cod, appears inshore during June and July to spawn along the beaches, and is netted for bait, for manuring the fields, or dried, salted, smoked, or frozen for eating. Hogdown - greater shearwater (Puffinus gravis); sooty shear-water (P griseus); BAWK. Trawl - buoyed line, of great length, to which short lines with baited hooks are attached at intervals.
From the American Meteorological Society Glossary: Comber - a large wave that rolls over or breaks on a beach, reef, etc.
From Great Finds In Newfoundland and Labrador: Cape St Mary's is located on the Cape Shore Drive off Route 100 on the southwestern tip of Newfoundland's Avalon region, approximately two hours from St John's by road. It is the most accessible seabird rookery in North America. Bird Rock is the third largest nesting site and southernmost colony of Northern gannets in North America. Cape St Mary's is also the southernmost breeding area for thick-billed murres in the world and the southernmost major breeding site for common murres in the northwest Atlantic Ocean. This site is overflowing with perching, diving, and scrambling birds from edge to edge - melding together into an awesome moving, breathing spectacle of colour and sound.
The YouTube video below features a variant recorded by Phyllis Morrissey (All The Best: Folk Music Of St John's, Newfoundland, trk#12, 1988, Pigeon Inlet Productions, Torbay, NL, produced by Kelly Russell and recorded at Dadyeen Studios, St John's, NL).
The YouTube video below features a variant recorded by Harry Hibbs (Somewhere At Sea, trk#1, 1971, Arc Sound Ltd, Toronto, Ontario). In 2002 a digitally remastered CD was released by Unidisc Studios, Montreal by Robert Matichak).
Notes On Tabs:
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[G] Take me back to my Western boat,
Let me [G] fish off [Am] Cape St [D] Mary's
Where the [G] hogdowns [D] sail and the [Em] foghorns [C] wail
With my [G] friends the [C] Browns and the [G] Clearys.
[G] Let me fish off Cape St [D] Mary's.
Take me [D] back to my [A] Western [Bm] boat,
Let me [D] fish off [E7] Cape St [A] Mary's [A7]
Where the [D] hogdowns [A] sail and the [F#7] foghorns [Bm] wail
With my [D] friends the [G] Browns and the [Bm] Clearys.
Let me [G] fish off [E7] Cape St [A] Mary's. [A7]