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Honky Tonk Hangashore (Davis Hull)
#2110 YouTube video by Davis Hull ©2010
~ Used with permission ~

Way up in the North Atlantic
where the chilly breezes blow,
It was just like down in Dixie
where magnolia blossoms grow;
An ol' rebel from the sixties
accompanied by his band,
Was singin' good old country tunes
in outport Newfoundland.

A world away from West Virginia,
Alabam' and Tennessee,
But he sang the songs of the honky tonks
and the Opry on TV;
He picked the Wildwood Flower
and Ol' Strawberry Roan,
Just like they did in Memphis
or down in San Antone.

Fishing was his livelihood
but he always fancied more,
With his guitar and his pretty girl
he'd rather hang ashore;
He had hoped one day to see his name
in flashing neon lights,
On a marquee down in Nashville
on Grand Ole Opry night.

He was a picker and a singer,
he was country all the way,
He would have giv'n a million dollars
to hear Roy Acuff say:
Make welcome to the Opry,
give him a great big hand;
Here's the Honky Tonkin' Hangashore
all the way from Newfoundland.

He sang the songs of Eddie Arnold,
Hank Wiliams and Hank Snow,
Was a fan of Marty Robbins,
Johnny Cash and Bill Monroe;
He loved Waylon and Willie,
Hank Jr and Buck Owens,
Merle Haggart, Conway Twitty,
M-M-M-Mel Tillis and George Jones.

He knew the end was coming,
he was in his golden years,
His life was just a broken dream
and it seemed nobody cared,
For the songs about the cowboy
on the western prairie trails,
Or about the lonesome hobo
on the endless miles of rails.

He'd had enough of living,
enough of slammin' doors,
Death was peaceful when it came,
his heart could take no more;
Now on a marquee up in heaven
all the stars are shining bright,
But the brightest is the North Star
on Grand Ol' Opry Night.

He was a picker and a singer,
he was country all the way,
As he entered through the pearly gates,
I could hear Saint Peter say:
Make welcome to the Opry,
give him a great big hand;
Here's the Honky Tonkin' Hangashore
all the way from Newfoundland.

####.... Davis Hull ©1995. Performance rights administered by SOCAN. All rights reserved ....####
This song was put to music by James J Whiffin who performed it in the video above.

From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Hangashore² - man regarded as too lazy to fish; worthless fellow, sluggard; rascal.



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