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Make And Break Harbour (Stan Rogers) lyrics, chords & videos

                 #1620: YouTube video by spiritshy ©2009
                             ~ Used with permission ~

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How still lies the bay in the light western airs,
Which blow from the crimson horizon;
Once more we tack home with a dry empty hold,
Saving gas with the breezes so fair.
She's a kindly Cape Islander, old but still sound,
But so lost in the longliner's shadow;
Make and break and make do, but the fish are so few,
That she won't be replaced should she flounder.

Now it's so hard to not think of before the big war,
When the cod went so cheap, but so plenty;
Foreign trawlers go by now with long seeking eyes,
Taking all where we seldom take any.
And the young folk don't stay with the fisherman's ways,
Long ago they all moved to the cities;
And the ones left behind, old and tired and blind,
Won't work for a pound, for a penny.

In Make And Break Harbour the boats are so few,
Too many are pulled up and rotten;
Most houses stand empty, old nets hung to dry
Are blown away, lost and forgotten.

Now I can see the big draggers have stirred up the bay,
Leaving lobster traps smashed on the bottom;
Can they think it don't pay to respect the old ways,
That Make And Break men have not forgotten.
For we still keep our time to the turn of the tide,
In this boat that I built with my father;
Still lifts to the sky, the one-lunger and I,
Still talk like old friends on the water.

In Make And Break Harbour the boats are so few,
Too many are pulled up and rotten;
Most houses stand empty, old nets hung to dry
Are blown away, lost and forgotten.

In Make And Break Harbour the boats are so few,
Too many are pulled up and rotten;
Most houses stand empty, old nets hung to dry
Are blown away, lost and forgotten.

####.... Paul Mills / Emily Friedman ....####
Recorded by Stan Rogers (Fogarty's Cove, trk#11, 1976, Fogarty's Cove Music, Dundas, Ontario). The variant in the YouTube video above was recorded by the CBC in Halifax, Nova Scotia following a live radio/TV broadcast on March 12, 1982, at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Dalhousie University, with Stan Rogers on 6- and 12-string guitars, Garnet Rogers on fiddle and electric guitar, Jim Morison on bass and Paul Mills on 6-string guitar (Home In Halifax, trk#2, 1994 audio cassette and 2007 audio CD, Fogarty's Cove Music, Dundas, Ontario).

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From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Longliner - vessel that sets [gill] nets which fish swim into rather than dragging nets as trawlers do.
One-lunger - boat with a single-cylinder gasoline engine.

From Small Wooden Boats Of Atlantic Canada, by Wayne Barrett and David A. Walker (Nimbus Books, Halifax, 1990):
Cape Islander - inshore motor fishing boat found across Atlantic Canada, having a single keeled flat bottom at the stern and more rounded towards the bow. A Cape Island style boat is famous for its large step up to the bow. It originated on Cape Sable Island, Nova Scotia, about 1905. Two families claim credit for its invention. The design is most commonly credited to Ephraim Atkinson of Clark's Harbour, Nova Scotia. The Atkinson family builders have continued building the world-renowned and recognized pleasure and commercial boats to this day. The other claim to the boat's design is an accomplished boat-builder from Clark's Harbour, William A. Kenney, who is said to have constructed the first Cape Islander entirely from wood in 1905.

Note:
Make-and-break - popular and enduring marine engine, in use since the early 20th century. It could withstand getting wet and could be repaired with a coat hanger and a pair of pliers.

The YouTube video below features a performance of a variant by Jody Hale of Too Good Arm and Grand Falls-Windsor, NL.


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              #74: YouTube video by newfiefiddler ©2008
                              ~ Used with permission ~

The YouTube video below features a performance of a variant by Jesse Ferguson of Cornwall, Ontario, Fredericton, New Brunswick, and Sydney, Nova Scotia.


            #1621: YouTube video by BardofCornwall ©2011
                             ~ Used with permission ~


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Intro: [D]

[D] How still lies the [Bm] bay in the [G] light western [A] airs,
Which [Em] blow from the [G] crimson ho- [A] rizon;
Once [D] more we tack [D7] home with a [G] dry empty [A] hole,
Saving [Em] gas with the [G] breezes so [A] fair.
She's a [D] kindly cape [Bm] islander, [G] old but still [A] sound,
But so [Em] lost in the [G] longliner's [A] shadow;
Make And [D] break and make [D7] do, but the [G] fish are so [Em] few,
That she [A] won't be re- [G] placed should she [D] flounder.

Now it's hard to not [Bm] think of [G] before the big [A] war,
When the [Em] cod went so [G] cheap, but so [A] plenty;
Foreign [D] trawlers go [D7] by now with [G] long seeking [A] eyes,
Taking [Em] all where we [G] seldom take [A] any.
And the [D] young folk don't [Bm] stay with the [G] fisherman's [A] ways,
Long a- [Em] go they all [G] moved to the [A] cities;
And the [D] ones left [D7] behind, old and [G] tired and [Em] blind,
Won't [A] work for a [G] pound, for a [D] penny.

Chorus:
In [G] Make And Break [A] Harbour the [D] boats are so few,
Too [Bm] many are [A] pulled up and [G] rotten; [A]
Most [D] houses stand [Bm] empty, old [D] nets hung to [G] dry
Are [A] blown away, [G] lost and [D] forgotten.
[D] [Bm] [D] [G] [A] [G] [D]

Now I can see the big [Bm] draggers have [G] stirred up the [A] bay,
Leaving [Em] lobster traps [G] smashed on the [A] bottom;
Can they [D] think it don't [D7] pay to [G] respect the old [A] ways,
That [Em] Make And Break [G] men have not for- [A] gotten.
For we [D] still keep our [Bm] time to the [G] turn of the [A] tide,
In this [Em] boat that I [G] built with my [A] father;
Still [D] lifts to the [D7] sky, the one- [G] lunger and [Em] I,
Still [A] talk like [G] old friends on the [D] water.

Chorus:
In [G] Make And Break [A] Harbour the [D] boats are so few,
Too [Bm] many are [A] pulled up and [G] rotten; [A]
Most [D] houses stand [Bm] empty, old [D] nets hung to [G] dry
Are [A] blown away, [G] lost and [D] forgotten.

Chorus:
In [G] Make And Break [A] Harbour the [D] boats are so few,
Too [Bm] many are [A] pulled up and [G] rotten; [A]
Most [D] houses stand [Bm] empty, old [D] nets hung to [G] dry,
Are [A] blown away, [G] lost and [D] forgotten.
[D] [Bm] [D] [G] [A] [G] [D]

~ Chords contributed by Bob Dumais ~





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