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West Country Lady (Dermot O'Reilly) tabs, video
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Over Pipers Stock Hill take the time for to wander,
Across the main bridge to the north side and yonder;
And if you look long to the west there's a chance,
That you'll see her move down to the bridge for the dance;
And she still hears the music of anvil and saw,
And she still looks to nature to lay out the law.

She's a West country lady from back in the past,
And she faces the ocean where noisy waves blast on the rocks;
And the wind blows a gale from all quarters,
Or summer sun sparkles on still waters down in the bay.

She was there when they came on the very first ship,
And she saw how the admirals ruled with a whip;
And she worked with her man and her young sons and daughters,
To harvest the fields and the woods and the waters;
And often with sadness she's looked to the sea,
With a longing for times that were never to be;

She's a West country lady from back in the past,
And she faces the ocean where noisy waves blast on the rocks;
And the wind blows a gale from all quarters,
Or summer sun sparkles on still waters down in the bay.

Since the sea was the way between island and nation,
And old ways were new ways in this planters station,
She's watched all the changes with pride and some sorrow,
Some old ways remain and she hopes that tomorrow,
Will kindly attend to the bountiful sea,
And the land and her people will always be free.

She's a West country lady from back in the past,
And she faces the ocean where noisy waves blast on the rocks;
And the wind blows a gale from all quarters,
Or summer sun sparkles on still waters down in the bay.

She's a West country lady from back in the past,
And she faces the ocean where noisy waves blast on the rocks;
And the wind blows a gale from all quarters,
Or summer sun sparkles on still waters down in the bay.

####.... Dermot O'Reilly, 1979 ....####
Recorded by Dermot O'Reilly (All The Best: Folk Music Of St John's, Newfoundland, trk#5, 1988, Pigeon Inlet Productions, Torbay, NL)

A variant was also recorded by Ryan's Fancy (Dance Around This One, trk#8, 1981, Boot Records Limited, Mississauga, Ontario).


See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

A variant was also recorded by Anchors Aweigh of Rocky Harbour, NL (Time On The Bay, trk#10, 2005, produced by Louis McDonald, Rocky Harbour, NL).

See more songs by Anchors Aweigh.

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Over [G] Pipers Stock Hill take the time for to wander,
Ac- [C] ross the main [Am] bridge to the [D] North side and [D7] yonder;
And [G] if you look long to the west there's a chance,
That you'll [C] see her move [Am] down to the [D] bridge for the [D7] dance;
And she [Em] still hears the music of an- [Am] vil and saw,
And [C] she still looks to nature to [D] lay out the law.

Chorus:
She's a [G] West country lady from back in the past,
And she [C] faces the [Am] ocean where [D] noisy waves [D7] blast on [G] the rocks;
And the wind blows a gale from all quarters,
Or [C] summer sun [Am] sparkles on [D] still waters [D7] down in the [G] bay. [C] [G] [D]

She was [G] there when they came on the very first ship,
And she [C] saw how the [Am] admirals [D] ruled with a [D7] whip;
And she [G] worked with her man and her young sons and daughters,
To [C] harvest the [Am] fields and the [D] woods and the [D7] waters;
And [Em] often with sadness she's [Am] looked to the sea,
With a [C] longing for times that were [D] never to be.

Chorus:
She's a [G] West country lady from back in the past,
And she [C] faces the [Am] ocean where [D] noisy waves [D7] blast on [G] the rocks;
And the wind blows a gale from all quarters,
Or [C] summer sun [Am] sparkles on [D] still waters [D7] down in the [G] bay. [C] [G] [D]

Well, the [G] sea was the way between island and nation,
And [C] old ways were [Am] new ways in [D] this planters [D7] station;
She's [G] watched all the changes with pride and some sorrow,
Some [C] old ways re- [Am] main and she [D] hopes that to- [D7] morrow,
Will [Em] kindly attend to the [Am] bountiful sea,
And her [C] land and her people will [D] always be free.

Chorus:
She's a [G] West country lady from back in the past,
And she [C] faces the [Am] ocean where [D] noisy waves [D7] blast on [G] the rocks;
And the wind blows a gale from all quarters,
Or [C] summer sun [Am] sparkles on [D] still waters [D7] down in the [G] bay. [C] [G] [D]

~ Chords contributed by Bob Dumais ~


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