#00236
Free In The Harbour (Stan Rogers) video
#193: YouTube video by bodhrannf ©2008
~ Used with permission ~

Well, it's blackfish at play in Hermitage Bay,
From Pushthrough across to Bois Island;
They broach and they spout and they lift their flukes out,
And they wave to a town that is dying.
Now, it's many the boats that have plied on the foam,
Hauling away! Hauling away!
But there's many more fellows been leaving their homes,
Where the whales make free in the harbour.

It's at Portage and Main you'll see them again,
On their way to the hills of Alberta;
With lop-side grins, they waggle their chins,
And they brag of the wage they'll be earning.
Then it's quick, pull the string, boys, and get the loot out,
Haul it away! Haul it away!
But just two years ago you could hear the same shout,
Where the whales make free in the harbour.

Free in the harbour; the blackfish are sporting again,
Free in the harbour, untroubled by comings and goings of men;
Who once did pursue them as oil from the sea,
Hauling away! Hauling away!
Now they're Calgary roughnecks from Hermitage Bay,
Where the whales make free in the harbour.

Well, it's living they've found, deep in the ground,
And if there's doubts, it's best they ignore them;
Nor think on the bones, the crosses and stones,
Of their fathers that came there before them.
In the taverns of Edmonton, fishermen shout,
Haul it away! Haul it away!
They left three hundred years buried up by the bay,
Where the whales make free in the harbour.

Free in the harbour; the blackfish are sporting again,
Free in the harbour, untroubled by comings and goings of men;
Who once did pursue them as oil from the sea,
Hauling away! Hauling away!
Now they're Calgary roughnecks from Hermitage Bay,
Where the whales make free in the harbour.

Free in the harbour.... again.

####.... Stan Rogers ....####
Originally recorded by Stan Rogers (Northwest Passage, trk#9, 1981, Fogarty's Cove Music); remastered and released posthumously (Home In Halifax, trk#9, 1994, Fogarty's Cove Music).

See more songs by Stan Rogers.

The video above features an excellent cover performance by Stephen Rowe of Heart's Content and Gander, NL.

From Dictionary.com:
Broach - to break the surface of water; rise from the sea, as a fish or a submarine.



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