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Men Of The Sea (John Conolly And Bill Meek)

At the age of fifteen I shipped out from the Humber,
Me very first trip for the Silver Pits bound;
I was galley-boy, mess-man, the lowest of callings,
But at last I was off to the trawl fishing grounds.

Fair Isle to Labrador,
Bear Isle and Norway,
And cold Greenland shore,
Learning me trade with the men of the sea.

Long years as a deckie, I hauled for me living,
And dodged on the deck through the wild Arctic gales;
Knew the tight grip of fear as the cold sea swept o'er me,
And I soon learned the truth of the old trawling tales.

Fair Isle to Labrador,
Bear Isle and Norway,
And cold Greenland shore,
Learning me trade with the men of the sea.

And in between trips, well, the town couldn't hold me,
A two-day tycoon with me head full of rum;
A girl on each arm and a pocket soon empty,
Live now and pay later, there's hard days to come.

Fair Isle to Labrador,
Bear Isle and Norway,
And cold Greenland shore,
Learning me trade with the men of the sea.

Now I know every hull as it tops the horizon,
I've learned all the tricks of the trawlerman's trade;
Know the sea as provider, betrayer, and taker,
I've got me mate's ticket, me future is made.

Fair Isle to Labrador,
Bear Isle and Norway,
And cold Greenland shore,
Learning me trade with the men of the sea.

As a skipper at last, I stand tall on the dockside,
From the boy to the man to the master of men;
Now the ocean is mine as we slip from the harbour,
And back to the sea to start learning again.

Fair Isle to Labrador,
Bear Isle and Norway,
And cold Greenland shore,
Learning me trade with the men of the sea.

####....John Conolly And Bill Meek (By Humber's Brown Water, Mecon, England, 1971/1997)....####
From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Trawl - buoyed line, of great length, to which short lines with baited hooks are attached at intervals.

From Wikipedia:
Silver Pit - long valley in the bed of the North Sea, 45 km (28 mi) east of Spurn Head in England. Sometimes the Silver Pit was part of the valley of the Wash River.
Outer Silver Pit - west-to-east valley in the bed of the North Sea. Its widest part is 125 to 175 km (75 to 105 miles) east of Flamborough Head in England. It lies between the Dogger Bank and the ridge dividing the northern from the southern North Sea basins, which runs between Norfolk and Friesland.



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