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I Once Was A Fisherman (Barry Dransfield)

There's gold in the channel when the sun lights the sea,
But the boats are all pulled up and stranded like me;
I once was a fisherman, now come ashore,
'Cause they won't let us go to sea anymore.

To the sea anymore,
No, they won't let us go to sea anymore.

In the old town of Hastings the people can see,
Our sheds and our tackle - it puts them at ease;
And we make a fine sight from above Rock-A-Nore,
But they won't let us go to sea anymore.

To the sea anymore,
No, they won't let us go to sea anymore.

And isn't it crazy, when we are so strong,
That we can't fight the bullies that are doing us wrong;
But you can't fight the faceless, the ghosts of the law,
And they won't let us go to sea anymore.

To the sea anymore,
No, they won't let us go to sea anymore.

Now I have a son and he's nearly sixteen,
A fishing family we always have been;
And it fills me with sorrow that he'll stay ashore,
'Cause they won't let us go to sea anymore.

To the sea anymore,
No, they won't let us go to sea anymore.

There's gold in the channel when the sun lights the sea,
But the boats are all pulled up and stranded like me;
I once was a fisherman, now come ashore,
Cause they won't let us go to sea anymore.

####.... Barry Dransfield ©1994 ....####
Recorded by Barry Dransfield (Be Your Own Man, 1994 CD, Rhiannon Music).

Liner Notes: Restrictions on fishing are forcing people to give up this traditional living. I live in Hastings now and have seen this first hand, prompting me to write this song.

From Wikipedia:
Hastings - town and borough in the county of East Sussex, within the historic county of Sussex, on the south coast of England. The town is located 24 mi (39 km) east of the county town of Lewes and 53 mi (85 km) south east of London, and has an estimated 2011 population of 86,900. In historical terms, Hastings can claim fame through its connection with the Norman conquest of England; and also because it became one of the medieval Cinque Ports. Hastings was, for centuries, an important fishing port; although nowadays less important, it still has the largest beach-based fishing fleet in England.
Rock-A-Nore - urban area of Hastings, East Sussex, England, stretching from the Old Town area along Rock-a-Nore Road between the cliffs and the beach called The Stade. Its name was officially adopted in 1859 and derives from a former building lyinge to the Mayne Rock against the north. Rock-a-Nore contains the Blue Reef Aquarium, the Fisherman's Museum, and the East Hill Cliff Railway, and borders The Stade, with its net shops.



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