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All alone on a pier on the foreside of town,
He readies his gear for the day;
In a soggy old watchcap he wears for a crown,
He studies the fog on the bay;
'Cause he knows how the sky and the harbor can lie,
How the morning can promise the sun,
And how promises made can be broken once day has begun.

The seagulls will play as he gets underway,
And makes for the mouth of the sound;
This September morn is about to be born,
'Cause he knows where the fish can be found;
As the islands grow thin and the head light goes dim,
He points for the gray, open sea,
And wonders again of the other men lucky as he.

Hail to the kingfisher, out in the rain,
Bow to his riches untold;
Chasing the sun when the fishing is done,
Counting the kingfisher's gold;
Bringing home silver from kingdoms below,
Knowing what he's living for;
No kings of the world could do more, no more.

He deals out his nets to Poseidon below,
As over the transom they churn;
In a bracelet of buoys they're riding in tow,
And he hopes for a ransom's return;
But the jewels of the sea are not taken for free,
There's a battle that has to be won,
And a price he must pay all alone before this day is done.

The hours he'll log through the mist and the fog,
Till the rain has decided to fall;
The calm of the dawn is long shattered and gone,
As he noses her into a squall;
How his castle will fare even he will declare,
Is a matter of fortune for now;
So he'll challenge her blows,
And ride her the best he knows how.

Hail to the kingfisher, out in the rain,
Bow to his riches untold;
Chasing the sun when the fishing is done,
Counting the kingfisher's gold;
Bringing home silver from kingdoms below,
Knowing what he's living for;
No kings of the world could do more, no more.

Six more hours will pass till it's over at last,
And the sky is beginning to clear;
His nets have survived with ten thousand alive,
And his boat is no worse for the wear;
As the smile of the light eases back into sight,
And the song of the bell buoy rings,
He wonders tonight of the order of subjects and kings.

Hail to the kingfisher, out in the rain,
Bow to his riches untold;
Chasing the sun when the fishing is done,
Counting the kingfisher's gold;
Bringing home silver from kingdoms below,
Knowing what he's living for;
No kings of the world could do more, no more.

####.... Steve Romanoff of Schooner Fare ....####
Recorded by Schooner Fare (Closer To The Wind, 1981; Classic Schooner Fare, 1989; Our Maine Songs, 1999).

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Chord Shapes:
Gadd9/F#=(2,0,0,2,0,3)
Em7=(0,2,2,0,3,0)

Intro: [D] [A] [Em] [A] x2 (Mandolin and Guitar fades in)

All a- [D] lone on a pier on the [A] fore side of town,
He [Em] readies his gear for the [A] day;
In a [D] soggy old watch cap he [A] wears for a crown,
He [Em] studies the fog on the [A] bay;
'Cause he [G] knows how the sky and the [A] harbor can lie,
How the [D] morning can promise the [G] sun,
And how [D] promises made can be [A] broken once day has be- [Em] gun. [G] [A]

The sea- [D] gulls will play as he [A] gets underway,
And [Em] makes for the mouth of the [A] sound;
This [D] September morn' is a- [A] bout to be born,
'Cause he [Em] knows where the fish can be [A] found;
As the [G] islands grow thin and the [A] Headlight goes dim,
He [D] points for the gray open [G] sea,
And [D] wonders again of the [A] other men lucky as [Em] he. [G] [A]

Chorus:
[G] Hail to the kingfisher, [A] out in the rain,
[D] Bow to his riches un- [G] told;
[Em] Chasing the sun when the [A] fishing is done,
[Em] Counting the kingfisher's [A] gold;
[G] Bringing home silver from [A] kingdoms below,
[D] Knowing what he's living [G] for,
No [Em] kings of the world could do [A] more,
[G] no- [Gadd9/F#] oo- [Em7] oo- [A] oo [D] more.

He [D] deals out his nets to [A] Poseidon below,
As [Em] over the transom they [A] churn;
In a [D] bracelet of buoys they're [A] riding in tow,
And he [Em] hopes for a ransom's re- [A] turn;
But the [G] jewels of the sea are not [A] taken for free,
There's a [D] battle that has to be [G] won,
And a [D] price he must pay all a- [A] lone before this day is [Em] done. [G] [A]

The [D] hours he'll log through the [A] mist and the fog,
Till the [Em] rain has decided to [A] fall;
And the [D] calm of the dawn is long [A] shattered and gone,
As he [Em] noses her into a [A] squall;
How his [G] castle will fare even [A] he will declare,
'Tis a [D] matter of fortune for [G] now,
So he'll [D] challenge her blows,
And [A] ride her the best he knows [Em] how. [G] [A]

Chorus:
[G] Hail to the kingfisher, [A] out in the rain,
[D] Bow to his riches un- [G] told;
[Em] Chasing the sun when the [A] fishing is done,
[Em] Counting the kingfisher's [A] gold;
[G] Bringing home silver from [A] kingdoms below,
[D] Knowing what he's living [G] for,
No [Em] kings of the world could do [A] more,
[G] no- [Gadd9/F#] oo- [Em7] oo- [A] oo [D] more.

Interlude: [Intro]

Six more [D] hours will pass till it's [A] over at last,
And the [Em] sky is beginning to [A] clear;
His [D] nets have survived with ten [A] thousand alive,
And his [Em] boat is no worse for the [A] wear;
As the [G] smile of the light eases [A] back into sight,
And the [D] song of the bell buoy [G] rings,
He [D] wonders tonight of the [A] order of subjects and [Em] kings. [G] [A]

Chorus:
[G] Hail to the kingfisher, [A] out in the rain,
[D] Bow to his riches un- [G] told;
[Em] Chasing the sun when the [A] fishing is done,
[Em] Counting the kingfisher's [A] gold;
[G] Bringing home silver from [A] kingdoms below,
[D] Knowing what he's living [G] for,
No [Em] kings of the world could do [A] more,
[G] no- [Gadd9/F#] oo- [Em7] oo- [A] oo [D] more.

~ Chords contributed by Bob Dumais ~


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