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Bay Of Fundy (Gordon Bok) video
#1456 YouTube video by banjostead ©2009
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All you Maine men, proud and young,
When you run your easting down,
Don't go down to Fundy Bay,
She'll wear your time away.

Fundy's long and Fundy's wide,
Fundy's fog and rain and tide,
Never see the sun or sky,
Just the green wave going by.

Cape Sable's horn blows all day long;
Wonder why, wonder why.

Oh, you know, I'd rather ride
The Grenfell Strait or the Breton tide,
Spend my days on the Labrador
And never see old Fundy's shore.
All my days on the Labrador
And never see old Fundy's shore.

Cape Sable's horn blows all day long;
Wonder why, wonder why.

Give her staysail, give her main
In the darkness and the rain,
I don't mind the wet and cold,
I just don't like the growing old.
I don't mind the wet and cold,
I just don't like the growing old.

Cape Sable's horn blows all day long;
Wonder why, wonder why.

East-by-North or East-North-East,
Give her what she steers the best;
I don't want the foggy wave
To be my far and lonely grave.
I don't want the foggy wave
To be my far and lonely grave.

Cape Sable's horn blows all day long;
Wonder why, wonder why.

Cape Breton's bells ring in the swells;
Ring for me, ring for me.

####.... Gordon Bok of Camden, Maine ....####
Recorded by Gordon Bok (Bay Of Fundy, trk#1, 1977, Folk Legacy Records FSI-54.

See more songs by Gordon Bok.

The video above features a live performance by Tony Hilliard, Mike O'Leary, Dave de la Barre and Joanne Souza at a party on Saint Patrick's night in Gloucester, Massachusetts. A sort of sea shanty session with a lot of ale.

From A Glossary Of Nautical Terms by Sam Ivey:
Staysail - triangular sail hoisted between the headsail(s) and the foremost mast. A sail hoisted between masts in the case of a large ship.

From Wikipedia:
Easting - eastward-measured distance (X-coordinate) of a geographic point in the modern rectangular coordinate system discovered by René Descartes [1596-1650].
Bay of Fundy - (French: Baie de Fundy) a bay on the Atlantic coast of North America, on the northeast end of the Gulf of Maine between the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, with a small portion touching the state of Maine. In July 2009, the Bay of Fundy was named as a finalist for the New Seven Wonders of Nature contest which ended in November of 2011.

From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
The Labrador - Atlantic coast of the Labrador Peninsula from Cape Chidley to the Strait of Belle Isle.

Geographic Notes:
¹ Cape Sable - promontory on the far southern part of Nova Scotia.
² Cape Breton - island that forms the northeastern part of Nova Scotia.



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