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Where The Alders Grow (Buddy Wasisname) tabs
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Billy Drover's dead and gone, there's nothing left but the bones,
Nature's working overtime to take down his old home;
Legs are rotten, back is bent, and the windows they just stare,
After fifteen years it's hard to believe there's no one living there.

There was smoke from the chimney,
Youngsters screamin', smell of homemade bread;
Spuds in the cellar and pickles in the pantry,
And lots of wood in the shed.
Trying to remember the two-story house,
Nestled down in the cove;
'Cause if you go back you'll probably find,
The spot where the alders grow.

Clearly I remember now the wooden shingled box,
The long, fully-loaded clothesline and a hundred hand-knit socks;
A pile of slabs and a choppin' block, a swing in the apple tree,
Shed on the wharf across the cove and an outhouse over the sea.

There was smoke from the chimney,
Youngsters screamin', smell of homemade bread;
Spuds in the cellar and pickles in the pantry,
And lots of wood in the shed.
Trying to remember the two-story house,
Nestled down in the cove;
'Cause if you go back you'll probably find,
The spot where the alders grow.

Lilac laden summer winds leaping through long hay,
Curtain tongues through open windows, white caps on the bay;
Capelin corpses neatly laid on flakes of black spruce boughs,
Stouts and flies and bumblebees and an old tail-swinging cow.

There was smoke from the chimney,
Youngsters screamin', smell of homemade bread;
Spuds in the cellar and pickles in the pantry,
And lots of wood in the shed.
Trying to remember the two-story house,
Nestled down in the cove;
'Cause if you go back you'll probably find,
The spot where the alders grow.

####.... Wayne Chaulk of Buddy Wasisname ....####
Recorded by Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers (D'Lard Liftin', trk#4, 1998, Third Wave Productions, Gander, NL); and (The Serious Stuff, trk#11, 2001, Third Wave Productions, Gander, NL).

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From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Capelin (Caplin) - small, iridescent deep-water fish (Mallotus villosus) like a smelt which, followed by the cod, appears inshore during June and July to spawn along the beaches, and is netted for bait, for manuring the fields, or dried, salted, smoked, or frozen for eating.
Flake - platform built on poles and spread with boughs for drying cod-fish on the foreshore.
Stout - gad-fly; deer fly (Chrysops excitans).


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Capo 5th Fret.

Tab fingering (relative to Capo):

F                   X32010
C                   320033
G                   XX0232
Am                 022000

[C] Billy Drover's [G] dead and gone,
there's [C] nothing left but the [G] bones,
[F] Nature's working [C] overtime
to take down his old [G] home;
[C] Legs are rotten; [G] back is bent
and the [C] windows they just [F] stare,
After fifteen years, it's [C] hard to believe
there's [G] no one living [C] there.

There was [G] smoke from the chimney,
[Am] youngsters screamin', [F] smell of homemade [C] bread;
[G] Spuds in the cellar and [Am] pickles in the pantry,
And [F] lots of wood in the [G] shed.
[Am] Trying to remember the [F] two-story house,
[C] nestled down in the [G] cove;
'Cause [Am] if you go back you'll [C] probably [F] find,
the [C] spot where the [G] alders [C] grow.


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