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Morley's Going To The Mainland (Final Approach)

As we come into the harbour,
Houses edge into our view;
Some have been here for a hundred years,
Some maybe even two.

As darkness falls on the footpaths
Of man and beast alone;
Hung o'er this age of sail, the big jet trails
Are silhouetted by the moon.

It was back in '67,
They tore us all apart;
Lost the school, the church, the general store,
Places fused to every heart.

Tore the soul out of this island,
No more reasons for the rest to stay;
And just like Morley, their doors were bolted,
And they just moved away.

Morley's going to the mainland,
And he's leaving tomorrow;
There are windows to be boarded up,
And the friendship cup
Passes 'round 'neath the summer moon.
Morley's going to the mainland,
And there will be some sorrow;
But he'll keep his poise and say,
"Thank-you, boys,
And I'll see you someday soon."

Now these houses are just for summer rest,
And a peek into the past;
And for a hundred a night you can catch a brief sight
Of a way that couldn't last.

And when the sun is high tomorrow
Over Morley's weathered stage;
A few will wave goodbye with a tear in their eye,
And turn another outport page.

Morley's going to the mainland,
And he's leaving tomorrow;
There are windows to be boarded up,
And the friendship cup
Passes 'round 'neath the summer moon.
Morley's going to the mainland,
And there will be some sorrow;
But he'll keep his poise and say,
"Thank-you, boys,
And I'll see you someday soon."

####.... Sheldon McBreairty of Final Approach ....####
Recorded by Final Approach (Memories Remain, 2001. Performance rights administered by SOCAN. All rights reserved.

This song concerns the Government Resettlement Program of the sixties which moved families from the small communities and islands in the bays to larger centres where it was supposed they would fare better; however, this was not always the case and the effect on people was often emotionally devestating.


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From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Stage - elevated platform on the shore with working tables, sheds, etc, where fish are landed and processed for salting and drying, and fishing gear and supplies are stored; fishing stage.



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