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A for the anchor that holds the gear down,
B is for the boats on the wave they do pound;
In the cold north Atlantic just off Newfoundland,
In search of the codfish for this C would stand.
D for the draggers that make our blood boil,
When they cut down the limit to just half a mile;
They're driving us back, boys, to fish along the shore,
And there's coming a time when you'll fish here no more.

E for the engines seen bigger each year,
Volvo and Yamaha the best around here;
But we don't need the power to catch the codfish,
All we need is for someone to listen to this.
F for the fishery that's going down grade,
G for the government that took it away;
We heard of the changes they were going to make,
For the Newfoundland fishery it's a little too late.

H for the heartaches our families go through,
When they see that their daddies do all they can do;
I for the inshore fishery that's dead,
J for the joke that it's becoming instead.
K for the king of all liars we saw,
When they sat in the big chair up in Ottawa;
Telling them Newfoundland is already rich,
While he jingles his pockets, says the hell with the rest.

L for the loan board which breathes down our necks,
Fifteen percent is not much of a chance;
And a lot of traditions straighten up in the fall,
M for the money, not enough for it all.
N for the province of our Newfoundland,
Forever a nation divided we stand;
Out on the Grand Banks there's a city at sea,
It's all over fishing or this hold will be.

P for the promise, thicker and thin,
It took us a while to get used to this;
But we know that a child if burned, dreads the fire,
And the promise of work when it comes from a liar.
We all know the next letter has to be Q,
It stands for the quota they gave most to;
The Russians, the Spaniards, Japanese and the French,
The door has been opened and has not been closed since.

R for restructure, what is it, my son?
R for restructure, what is it, my son?
R for restructure, what is it, my son?
We know it needs escorts, for the statistics they done.
T for the tankers in the refineries,
They got enough problems without falling to the sea;
U for the Union of Cashin and White,
We all know they're wrong, but they think they are right.

V for the very big mess that we're in,
When we trust the promise of those two men;
W for the winter and UIC game,
X for the mark the old men write their name.
To think they're entitled to something they earned,
While the young generation gets nothing in turn;
Now comes the closing of my ABCs,
I got them all rhymed except for the Z.

Now you might not like it, how I call the tell,
But if you don't like my singing that's too just darn bad.

####.... Wayne Bartlett of Quirpon, NL ©1989 (All rights reserved) ....####
Recorded at Sim's Studio, Belleoram, NL, by Wayne Bartlett (A Reason To Believe, trk#2, 1989, manufactured for SWC Productions).

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[D] A for the anchor that [A] holds the gear [D] down,
[G] B is for the boats on the wave they do [D] pound;
[G] In the cold north Atlantic just off Newfound- [D] land,
[D] In search of the codfish [A] for this C would [D] stand.
[D] D for the draggers that [A] make our blood [D] boil,
[G] When they cut down the limit to just half a [D] mile;
[G] They're driving us back, boys, to fish along the [D] shore,
[D] And there's coming a time when you'll [A] fish here no [D] more.

[D] E for the engines seen [A] bigger each [D] year,
[G] Volvo and Yamaha the best around [D] here;
[G] But we don't need the power to catch the [D] codfish,
[D] All we need is for someone to [A] listen to [D] this.
[D] F for the fishery that's [A] going down [D] grade,
[G] G for the government that took it [D] away;
[G] We heard of the changes they were going to[D] make,
[D] For the Newfoundland fishery it's a [A] little too [D] late.

[D] H for the heartaches [A] our families go [D] through,
[G] When they see that there daddies do all they can [D] do;
[G] I for the inshore fishery that's [D] dead,
[D] J for the joke that it's [A] becoming instead. [D]
[D] K for the king of all [A] liars we [D] saw,
[G] When they sat in the big chair up in [D] Ottawa;
[G] Telling them Newfoundland is already [D] rich,
[D] While he jingles his pockets, [A] says the hell with the [D] rest.

[D] L for the loan board which [A] breathes down our [D] necks,
[G] Fifteen percent is not much of a [D] chance;
[G]And a lot of traditions straighten up in the [D] fall,
[D] M for the money, not [A] enough for it [D] all.
[D] N for the province of [A] our Newfound- [D] land,
[G] Forever a nation divided we [D] stand;
[G] Out on the Grand Banks there's a city at [D] sea,
[D] It's all over fishing or this [A] hold will [D] be.

[D] P for the promise, [A] thicker and [D] thin,
[G] It took us a while to get use to [D] this;
[G] But we know that a child if burned dreads the [D] fire,
[D] And the promise of work when it [A] comes from a [D] liar.
[D] We all know the next letter [A] has to be [D] Q,
[G] It stands for the quota they gave most [D] to;
[G] The Russians, the Spaniards, Japanese and the [D] French,
[D] The door has been opened and has [A]not been closed [D] since.

[D] R for restructure, [A] what is it, my [D] son?
[D] R for restructure, [A] what is it, my [D] son?
[D] R for restructure, [A] what is it, my [D] son?
[G] We know it needs escorts, for the statistics they [D] done.
[G] T for the tankers, in the refineries, [D]
[D] They got enough problems without [A] falling to the [D] sea;
[D] U for the Union of [A] Cashin and [D] White,
[G] We all know they're wrong but they think they are [D] right.

[G] V for the very big mess that we're [D] in,
[D] When we trust the promise of [A] those two [D] men;
[D] W for the winter and [A] UIC [D] game,
[G] X for the mark the old men write their [D] name.
[G] To think they're entitled to something they [D] earned,
[D] While the young generation gets [A] nothing in [D] turn;
[D] Now comes the closing of my [A] ABCs. [D]
[G] I got them all rhymed except for the [D] Z.

[G] Now you might not like it, how I call the [D] tell,
But if you don't like my singing that's too [A] just darn [D] bad.


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