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Yesterday's Fisherman (Sharecroppers) videos
See also: Yesterday's Fishermen (Buddy Wasisname)
#122: YouTube video by sharecroppermike ©2010
~ Used with permission ~

He sits on the wharf in the soft summer sun,
He wonders if the boys got the trap work all done;
Too old to fish, too young not to care,
He takes a deep breath of the saltwater air,
And the memories flood back to yesterday's fisherman.

He'd be at his oars with the crack of the dawn,
The splash on the gunnels has been his life's song;
He worked like a dog to raise up his sons,
And now he would wait for them to come home,
'Cause there's not much to do for yesterday's fisherman.

Roll with the swell, boys, and do it with pride,
Your life is the sea with its wind and its tide;
And when you grow old and your fishing is done,
Sit back, be proud, and wait for your sons
To come home from their fishing.

The gulls in the harbour let out their harsh cry,
And the sun slowly climbs in an ever blue sky;
The sounds and the sights haven't changed much with time,
His body is old, but young is his mind,
And memories are clear to yesterday's fisherman.

Roll with the swell, boys, and do it with pride,
Your life is the sea with its wind and its tide;
And when you grow old and your fishing is done,
Sit back, be proud, and wait for your sons
To come home from their fishing.

Roll with the swell, boys, and do it with pride,
Your life is the sea with its wind and its tide;
And when you grow old and your fishing is done,
Sit back, be proud, and wait for your sons
To come home from their fishing.

####.... Guy Romaine of The Sharecroppers (Performing rights administered by SOCAN. All rights reserved) ....####
Recorded by The Sharecroppers of Pasadena, NL (Natural, trk#9, 1993, Ibycus Music, St John's NL, distributed by Duckworth Distribution, St John's).

Mike Madigan of the Sharecroppers notes that Guy Romaine often talks about the old man who is passed on now. He used to sit on the grump or wooden pile of the wharf and wait for his sons to come home from fishing. The old feller used to tell of a scar on his hand that his brother put there years ago. As a younger man, he fell through the ice while sealing and he tried to grasp the edge of the ice to get out. His brother couldn't reach him so, in desperation, all his brother could do was take a gaff hook and drive it through his hand. By pulling him out that way, his brother saved his life!


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#2174: YouTube video by NLTreasure ©2012
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