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Saltwater Cowboys (Simani) tabs, video
See also: The Saltwater Cowboy Comes Home (Burton)
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A Newfie's a Newfie wherever he goes,
It don't seem to matter the cut of his clothes,
The gleam in his eyes and the way that he walks,
And the true Newfie tone in the way that he talks.

Oh, by the Lord dyin', by the thunderin' gee,
How are you doin' you son-of-a-bee?
You can't fool your old man by dressin' like that,
You're still just a Newfie in a Calgary hat.

Now, over the years when things aren't the best,
A lot of our fellers head out for the west;
But everyone knows that they ain't gonna stay,
They'll always come back with those upalong ways.

No one suspected we'd ever have oil,
The Newfies took off for Alberta awhile;
They traded their rubbers and their warm worsted caps,
For rodeo boots and big Calgary hats.

Oh, by the Lord dyin', by the thunderin' gee,
How are you doin' you son-of-a-bee?
You can't fool your old man by dressin' like that,
You're still just a Newfie in a Calgary hat.

Now, the saltwater cowboy is new you'll agree,
It seems we've created a new kind of breed,
With our hats and our songs and our talk about oil,
We even talk Newfie in a soft-Texas style.

Oh, by the Lord dyin', by the thunderin' gee,
How are you doin' you son-of-a-bee?
You can't fool your old man by dressin' like that,
You're still just a Newfie in a Calgary hat,
You're still just a Newfie in a Calgary hat.

Bud Davidge of Simani
Recorded by Simani (Saltwater Cowboys, trk#1, Clode Sound Studios, Stephenville, NL, 1981).

See more songs by Simani.

See Brian Burton's reply to this song with The Saltwater Cowboy Comes Home.

From the Dictionary of Newfoundland English:
Sou'wester - a fisherman's waterproof hat with a broad brim, elongated and sloping at the back, with side flaps tied under the chin; also south-wester, southwester, cape ann, lincoln, oil hat.
Upalong - away from a person or locality; to or on the mainland of Canada or the United States.


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[D] A Newfie's a Newfie wherever he [G] goes,
It [D] don't seem to matter the cut of his [A] clothes,
The [D] gleam in his eye and the way that he [G] walks,
And the [D]true Newfie tone in the [A] way that he [D] talks.

Oh, [G] by the Lord dyin', by the thunderin' [D] gee,
How are you doin' you son-of-a-[A] bee?
You [D] can't fool your old man by dressin' like [G] that,
You're [D] still just a Newfie in a [A] Calgary [D] hat. [D] [A] [G] [D]

Now, over the [D]years when things aren't the [G] best,
A [D] lot of our fellers head out for the [A] west;
But [D] everyone knows that they ain't gonna [G] stay,
They'll [D] always come back those [A] upalong [D] way.

No one [D] suspected we'd ever have [G] oil,
The [D] Newfies took off for Alberta a-[A] while;
They [D] traded their rubbers and their warm worsted [G] caps,
For [D] rodeo boots and big [A] Calgary [D] hats.

Oh, [G] by the Lord dyin', by the thunderin' [D] gee,
How are you doin' you son-of-a-[A] bee?
You [D] can't fool your old man by dressin' like [G] that,
You're [D] still just a Newfie in a [A] Calgary [D] hat. [D] [A] [G] [D]

[D]Saltwater cowboys is new you'll [G] agree,
It [D] seems we've created a new kind of [A] breed,
With our [D] hats and our songs and our talk about [G] oil,
We [D] even talk Newfie in a [A] soft-Texas [D] style.

Oh, [G] by the Lord dyin', by the thunderin' [D] gee,
How are you doin' you son-of-a-[A] bee?
You [D] can't fool your old man by dressin' like [G] that.
You're [D] still just a Newfie in a [A] Calgary [D] hat.
You're [D] still just a Newfie in a [A] Calgary [D] hat. [D] [A] [G] [D]

~ Chords contributed by Allan Chippett ~


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