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Will They Lie There Evermore (Irish Descendants) tabs, video
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I was born under the star, never meant to journey far
From all the faces and the place that I called home;
And my father lived the same, and his father before him,
But now I see in my son's eyes something has changed.

And the smoke it has stopped rising from the chimney up the road,
And the light no longer shines over the door;
Last year I lent a hand to haul the boats onto the land,
They've been lying there for nineteen months or more,
And I wonder will they lie there evermore?

Wasn't many years ago that the men 'round here would go
Out in their skiffs and haul their traps out on the bay;
And then shortly they'd return loaded down from stem to stern,
And weigh off the fish, and store their gear away.

Now the waters are as barren as the cliffs that guard the cove
And catch the north wind blowing off the shore;
And I wonder how an ocean turns as lifeless as a stone,
And I wonder can the sea revive once more?
And I wonder will they lie there evermore?

Well, I hear some people say we'd be better off to stay
Ashore and train for jobs outside the fishery;
Now wouldn't I look like a fool to go traipsing off to school,
After forty years of living off the sea?

Now, my son, he's barely twenty-one, and handy at the trawl,
For years he helped me fish the Labrador;
Now he's moving to Ontario before the first snowfall,
"Dad, there's nothing left for me 'round here no more."
And I wonder will I see his children born?
And I wonder will they lie there evermore?

####.... John Phippard, Placentia, NL ©1994 ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by the Irish Descendants (Gypsies & Lovers, trk#7, 1995, WEA, Scarborough, Ontario).

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The video above features a recording by the Irish Descendants with lead vocalist D'Arcy Broderick.

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From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Trawl - buoyed line, of great length, to which short lines with baited hooks are attached at intervals.


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I was [D] born un-[G] der the [D] star, never [A] meant to journey [Bm] far [G]
Away from the [D] faces and the place that I called [A] home; [G] [A]
And my [D] father [G] was the [D] same and his [A] father before [Bm] him, [G]
But now I [D] see in my son's eyes something has [A] changed.

And the [Bm] smoke it has stopped [A] rising from the [G] chimney up the [D] road,
And the light no longer [A] shines over the [G] door;
Last [Bm] year I lent a [A] hand to haul the [Bm] boats onto the [Em] land,
They've been [D] lying there for [A] nineteen months or [Bm] more, [G]
And I [D] wonder will they [A] lie there ever[D] more?

Wasn't [D] many [G] years a-[D] go that the [A] men 'round here would [Bm] go [G]
Out on their [D] skiffs and haul their traps out on the [A] bay; [G] [A]
And then [D] shortly [G] they'd re-[D] turn loaded [A] down from stem to [Bm] stern, [G]
And weigh [D] off the fish, and store their gear a-[A] way.

Now the [Bm] waters are as [A] barren as the [G] cliffs that guard the [D] cove
And catch the north wind [A] blowing off the [G] shore;
And I [Bm] wonder how an o-[A] cean turns as [Bm] lifeless as a [Em] stone,
And I [D] wonder can the [A] sea revive once [Bm] more? [G]
And I [D] wonder will they [A] lie there ever[D] more?

Well I [D] hear some [G] people [D] say, we'd be [A] better off to [Bm] stay [G]
Ashore and [D] train for jobs outside the fishe-[A] ry [G] [A]
Now wouldn't [D] I look [G] like a [D] fool to go [A] traipsing off to [Bm] school, [G]
After [D] forty years of living off the [A] sea?

Now, my [Bm] son, he's barely [A] twenty-one, and [G] handy at the [D] trawl,
For years he helped me [A] fish the Labra-[G] dor
Now he's [Bm] moving to Onta-[A] rio be-[Bm] fore the first snow-[Em] fall
"Dad, there's [D] nothing left for [A] me 'round here no [Bm] more" [G]
And I [D] wonder will I [A] see his children [Bm] born? [G]
And I [D] wonder will they [A] lie there ever [D] more? [G] [D]


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