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Outport People (Simani) tabs, videos
#1531: YouTube video by Lefstrum ©2007
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They're outport people with outport ways,
But there's nowhere to use them and now it's too late;
And they curse on the one who uttered the phrase:
Resettlement now while resettlement pays.

He sits on the dock and he looks 'cross the bay,
And watches his memories as they pass on the waves;
And he wonders what cards fate might have dealt,
If he'd told those officials to go straight to hell.

But you can't take a man from the soil where he grew,
Lest you know how to solace his mind when you do;
And for God's sake don't say how much greener's the grass,
'Cause those uprooted people start to weather too fast.

You can launch a house easy and tow it away,
But the home doesn't move, it continues to stay;
And the dollars you make sure they'll keep you alive,
But they won't soothe the heart and they can't ease the mind.

He sits on the plank and the memories roll,
The spring sun is shining there's a lop in the cove;
And the shoreline is dotted with lobster pot buoys,
But his boat's full of weeds and there's tears in his eyes.

Don't take a man from the life that he knows,
And tear up his roots and expect him to grow;
'Cause if he's unwillingly forced to decide,
He'll move without leaving and never arrive.

Don't take a man from the life that he knows,
And tear up his roots and expect him to grow;
And for God's sake don't say how much greener's the grass,
'Cause those uprooted people start to weather too fast.
'Cause those uprooted people start to weather too fast.

####.... Bud Davidge of Simani ....####
Recorded by Simani (Outport People, trk#1, 1986, SWC Productions, English Harbour West, NL).

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The video above features Simani's recording with images of Bar Haven, NL.

The video below features Simani's recording followed by a recording of Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers performing Where Fishermen Used To Be.


#160: YouTube video by egrandy ©2008
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From the Dictionary of Newfoundland English:
Lop - rough surface of the sea caused by a stiff wind and marked by a quick succession of short breaking waves.


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Intro: [G] [A] [G] [D] [A]* [D]  (*=3 beats)

They're outport people with outport ways,
But there's [A] nowhere to use them and now it's too late;
And they [D] curse on the one who uttered the phrase:
Re- [A] settlement now while resettlement [D] pays.

He sits on the dock and he looks 'cross the bay,
And [A] watches his memories as they pass on the waves;
And he [D] wonders what cards fate might have dealt,
If he'd [A] told those officials to go straight to [D] hell.

But you [G] can't take a man from the [D] soil where he grew,
Lest you [A] know how to solace his [D] mind when you [D7] do;
And for [G] God's sake don't say how much [D] greener's the grass,
'Cause those [A] uprooted people start to weather too [D] fast.
[G] [A] [G] [D] [A]* [D]  (*=3 beats)

You can [D] launch a house easy and tow it away,
But the [A] home doesn't move, it continues to stay;
And the [D] dollars you make sure they'll keep you alive,
But they [A] won't soothe the heart and they can't ease the [D] mind.

He [D] spits on a plank and the memories roll,
The [A] spring sun is shining there's a lop in the cove;
And the [D] shoreline is dotted with lobster pot buoys,
But his [A] boat's full of weeds and there's tears in his [D] eyes.

[G] Don't take a man from the [D] life that he knows,
And [A] tear up his roots and ex- [D] pect him to [D7] grow;
'Cause [G] if he's unwillingly [D] forced to decide,
He'll [A] move without leaving and never ar- [D] rive.

[G] Don't take a man from the [D] life that he knows,
And [A] tear up his roots and ex- [D] pect him to [D7] grow;
And for [G] God's sake don't say how much [D] greener's the grass,
'Cause those [A] uprooted people start to weather too [D] fast.
Those [A] uprooted people start to weather too [D] fast.

~ Chords contributed by Bob Dumais ~


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