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Ten Little Turrs (Harve Bishop) video
#569: YouTube video by oldirishladdie ©2009
~ Used with permission ~

Ten little turrs in the freezer
is better than a hundred in the bay,
That's all I got last winter 'cause
the rest of the turrs flew away;
With all the money that I spent
it keeps me mad all day,
But ten little turrs in the freezer
is better than a hundred in the bay.

I bought me a boat up in Toronto,
it's a great big eighty merc,
I put it in the water down in Hatchet Cove,
but the damn ol' motor wouldn't work;
Had to take it into Gander where
it's taken most of me pay,
But ten little turrs in the freezer
is better than a hundred in the bay.

My brother got a little small mercury
with a boat about 10 or 12 feet,
Go out and look down into his deep freeze,
and you'll see more turrs than you can eat;
So when I get that big old motor back again,
I'm gonna throw the damn lot away,
'Cause ten little turrs in the freezer
is better than a hundred in the bay.

If I live until next winter,
and the turrs come back again,
Gonna buy me a little small mercury,
a seven-and-a-half or a ten;
Gonna buy me a little small speed boat,
gonna paint it red and gray,
Then I'll have more turrs in the freezer
than I'll ever find in the bay.

Spoken: Here's a little song
I wrote about my buddy, Sam Tober,
down in Little Heart's Ease,
and it goes something like this right here:

Now me and Sam is buddies,
as anyone here can see,
It breaks his heart to go out
in Trinity Bay without me;
Eight o'clock in the morning,
if you're on the Dare Cove shore,
You're guaranteed to see old Sam
heading out for more.

Trinity Bight is his first stop
'cause the birds hang out there, too,
Don't you try to slow him down,
he's not foolin' 'round with you;
He ain't got no time to talk,
he hasn't got all day,
He's zipping up his rubber coat
and heading down the bay.

Now, people think that I'm a good shot
'cause I bring in a lot of turrs,
But I always go out with ol' Sam
and there's things you ain't heard:
He always kills the birds for me
when I'm shaking in the wind,
And telling God if I get back
I'll never go out again.

Now, I'm finished foolin' 'round,
I'm serious you see,
Sam Tober down in Hearts Ease means
a hell of a lot to me;
My song is almost over now
but these few words I'll say:
Take off your hat to good old Sam,
he's the king in Trinity Bay.
Take off your hat to good old Sam,
he's the king in Trinity Bay.

####.... Harve Bishop (The Singing Bricklayer) of Hatchet Cove, Trinity Bay, NL ....####
Recorded by Harve Bishop (I Love It Here With You, trk#5, 1989 Cassette, SWC Productions, English Harbour West, NL, recorded at Sim's Studio, Belleoram, NL, produced by Harve Bishop).

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From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Turr - one of several sea-birds hunted as food; Atlantic common murre; baccalieu bird (Uria aalge aalge).



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