#00294
Fisherman's Wharf (Stan Rogers) video
#1961: YouTube video by dannymackinnon
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

It was in the spring, this year of Grace,
With new life pushing through,
That I looked from the Citadel down to the Narrows,
And asked what it's coming to.
I saw Upper Canadian concrete,
And glass right down to the waterline;
I have heard an old song down on Fisherman's Wharf -
Can I sing it just one time?

With half-closed eyes against the sun,
For the warm wind giving thanks,
I dreamed of the years of the deep-laden schooners,
Thrashing home from the Grand Banks.
The last lies done in the harbour sun,
With her picture on a dime,
But I heard an old song down on Fisherman's Wharf -
Can I sing it just one time?
Can I sing it just one time?

Then "Haul away and heave her home!"
This song is heard no more.
No boats to sing it for. No sails to sing it for.
There rises now a single tide - of tourists - passing through.
We traded old ways for the new - old ways for the new -
Old ways for the new - for the new.

"Now," you ask, "what's this romantic boy,
Who laments what's done and gone?
There was no romance on a cold winter ocean,
And the gales sang an awful song."
But my fathers knew of wind and tide,
And my blood is Maritime,
And I heard an old song down on Fisherman's Wharf -
Can I sing it just one time?
Can I sing it just one time?

And "Haul away and sheet her home!"
This song is heard no more
No boats to sing it for. No sails to sing it for.
There rises now a single tide - of tourists - passing through.
We traded old ways for the new - old ways for the new -
Old ways for the new - for the new.

So it was in the spring, this year of Grace,
With new life pushing through,
That I looked from the Citadel down to the Narrows
And asked what it's coming to.
I saw Upper Canadian concrete and glass
Right down to the waterline.
I have heard an old song down on Fisherman's Wharf -
Can I sing it just one time?
Can I sing it just one time?
Can I sing it just one time?
Can I sing it just one time?

####.... Stan Rogers (Performing rights administered by SOCAN. All rights reserved) ....####
Recorded by Stan Rogers (Fogarty's Cove, trk#6, 1976 Fogarty's Cove Music, Dundas, Ontario).

See more songs by Stan Rogers.

Notes:
¹ The Citadel is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia and has become one of the most recognized landmarks and enduring symbols of its role in helping to shape the city's future.
² The Narrows is a constricted passage to Bedford Basin, a sheltered bay which forms the largest part of Halifax Harbour.



line

Index Page
GEST Songs Of Newfoundland And Labrador



line

~ Copyright Info ~

~ Privacy Policy ~

Confirm Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional Here