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Loss Of The Truxton And Pollux (Simani) tabs, video
See also: The Ballad Of The Truxton And Pollux (Traditional)
And also: The Truxton Song (Gregory Edwards)
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There's many a tragic story in our annals oft' retold,
How sailors brave, their strength they gave up to the savage foe;
How many's a life was saved in war by a friendly out-stretched hand,
And in dire events how providence brought out the good in man.

That's how it was that February, nineteen forty-two,
When death in a raging blizzard from out the south'ard blew:
And the victims, when that awful dawn broke on Placentia Bay,
Were the Truxton and the Pollux bound for Argentia base.

Bound for to help the Allied cause and Hitler's grip to free,
The mighty hand of Uncle Sam was welcomed heartily;
But now, off course by thirty miles, the two ships blindly drove,
Upon the stark cold merciless Lawn Point and Chamber's Cove.

As the great ships beat on the raging reefs with sailors numbed and shocked,
And many who swam to grasp for life were dashed against the rocks;
While the black oil bleeding from the tanks blotted the raging tide,
And men in tearful agony cried out to God to die.

When the people of Lawn and St Lawrence got the message of despair,
Their thoughts were of those helpless men and how their lives to spare;
Those Newfoundland-bred fisher-folk, built of the sternest stuff,
Made for that treacherous icy ledge to call disaster's bluff.

How the mighty have fallen, like the ancient poet said,
This winter gale, with its frost like hell, claimed two hundred four men dead;
By the meek that he chose to deliver those not yet meant to die,
One eighty odd, by the grace of God, were hauled from that grave alive.

There's many a tragic story in our annals of yesterday,
And the loss of the Truxton and Pollux will forever in memory stay;
For a monument to the living and dead in St Lawrence proudly stands,
To represent how providence brings out the good in man.
It represents how providence brings out the good in man.

####.... Bud Davidge of Simani ....####
Recorded by Simani (Outport People, trk#7, 1986, SWC Productions, English Harbour West, NL).

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[G] There's many a [C] tragic [G] story in our [C] annals oft' we [D] told,
How [C] sailors [D] brave, their [G] strength they gave up to the [C] savage [D] foe;
How [G] many's a [C] life was [G] saved in war by a [C] friendly out-stretched [D] hand,
And in [C] dire events[D] how provi-[G] dence [C] brought out the [D] good in [G] man.


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