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The Bell Island Song (Harry Hibbs) video
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Surrounded by rough waters
just west of Baccalieu,
There's a place called Bell Island
where things are so blue;
There's an ore mine on the island
that broke the hearts of men,
When they saw the mines close down
and never work again.

These people they've seen hard times
but not as hard as this,
They knew they had to leave
and a homeland they would miss;
The government gave them money
and with help from God above,
They slowly left the island,
the homeland that they loved.

A picture of them leaving
was of sadness and of pain,
A picture of people who
worked but all in vain;
Oh, God, give me the power
to change the time some way,
And let them live their lives again
back home in Conception Bay.

Spoken: As I sat on the cliffside
overlooking Conception Bay,
I could see that big ferry
that would take the people far away;
Sadness fills the air
as the people board the boat,
As I wave goodbye to my friends,
a lump comes to my throat;
As the ferry moves out to sea,
I know they're praying that they'll find,
A place like Bell Island
that they're leaving far behind.

A picture of them leaving
was of sadness and of pain,
A picture of people who
worked but all in vain;
Oh, God, give me the power
to change the time some way,
And let them live their lives again
back home in Conception Bay,
And let them live their lives again
back home in Conception Bay.

####.... Harry Hibbs [1942-1989] Fourth and The Very Best Of, Volume One, 2001 ....####
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