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Three Fishers (Stan Rogers) MIDI, video
#1217: YouTube video by UpTheHarbour ©2007
~ Used with permission ~

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Three fishers went sailing out into the west,
Out into the west as the sun went down;
Each thought of the woman that loved him the best,
And the children stood watching them out of the town.

For men must work, and women must weep,
For there's little to earn, and many to keep;
And the harbour bar be moaning,
And the harbour bar be moaning.

Three wives sat up in the lighthouse tower,
They trimmed the lamp as the sun went down;
And they looked at the squall, and they looked at the shower,
And the night rack came rolling in ragged and brown.

For men must work, and women must weep,
Though storms be sudden, and the waters be deep;
And the harbour bar be moaning,
And the harbour bar be moaning.

For men must work, and women must weep,
Though storms be sudden, and the waters be deep;
And the harbour bar be moaning,
And the harbour bar be moaning.

Three corpses lay out on the shining sand,
In the morning gleam as the tide went down;
And the women were weeping and wringing their hands,
For those who would never come back to the town.

For men must work, and women must weep,
And the sooner it's over, the sooner to sleep;
And goodbye to the bar and its moaning,
And goodbye to the bar and its moaning.

For men must work, and women must weep,
And the sooner it's over, the sooner to sleep;
And goodbye to the bar and its moaning,
And goodbye to the bar and its moaning.

####.... Charles Kingsley [1819-1875] ....####
Variant of Charles Kingsley's lament for fishermen popularized by Stan Rogers' recording of an arrangement by Garnet Rogers.

The video above is by Chris Swim and features a recording by Stan Rogers (For The Family, trk#10, 1983, Fogarty's Cove Music, Dundas, Ontario).


See more songs by Stan Rogers.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913):
Rack - to fly, as vapour or broken clouds. Thin, flying, broken clouds, or any portion of floating vapor in the sky. - Shakespeare
The winds in the upper region, which move the clouds above, which we call the rack, ... pass without noise. - Bacon.
And the night rack came rolling up. - Charles Kingsley.



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