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Twenty Years Later (Baxter & Leland Wareham)

In the year of sixty-seven the government told us
To pack our belongings and vacate our homes;
Centralization forever would alter
The lives of our neighbors and also our own.

It's twenty years later, the times they are changing,
For deep in our hearts forever to yearn;
For Placentia Bay in all of its splendour
Is waiting for us someday to return.

When we finally came to leave our homestead,
We were resettled without any delay;
We made our new lives in various places,
And dreamed about the old ones in Placentia Bay.

It's twenty years later, the times they are changing,
For deep in our hearts forever to yearn;
For Placentia Bay in all of its splendour
Is waiting for us someday to return.

Time don't go backward, it keeps moving forward,
And we must move with it and give life our best;
We'll take our children to visit the islands,
And share our fond memories as we reminisce.

It's twenty years later, the times they are changing,
For deep in our hearts forever to yearn;
For Placentia Bay in all of its splendour
Is waiting for us someday to return.

It's twenty years later our children remind us,
They do not consider the islands their homes;
The Bay was their parents' and also their memories,
And they only know it by what they've been told.

It's twenty years later, the times they are changing,
For deep in our hearts forever to yearn;
For Placentia Bay in all of its splendour
Is waiting for us someday to return.

Our children are growing and soon will be leaving,
The homes of their childhood for lives of their own;
Centralization caused wounds that are healing,
And maybe someday that pain will be gone.

####.... Rowena Wareham/arranged by Leeland Wareham, 1987 ....####
Recorded by Baxter Wareham of Arnold's Cove, NL (Twenty Years Later / Baxter & Leeland Wareham, trk#1, 1991, mixed at Sim's Studio).


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