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Leif Ericson (Hubert Hynes) tabs

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Leif Ericson, Leif Ericson,
keep plowin' through the swell,
Your passengers are thinkin'
they've died and gone to hell;
The seas are breakin' o'er your decks,
there's water down below,
Please God, when we reach Port Aux Basque
I'll kiss the ground I know.

We left our folks in Halifax
one bright September day,
All headed for North Sidney
with stops along the way;
By noon we reached the Canso
with a feeling of forgo,
The seas we're breaking o'er the rocks
and clear across the road.

When we pulled into North Sidney
it was blowin' quite a gale,
But the news that we were given
took the wind out of our sail;
Is it the Caribou or Smallwood?
No such luck me son,
You're headed back to Newfoundland
aboard Leif Ericson.

Leif Ericson, Leif Ericson,
keep plowin' through the swell,
Your passengers are thinkin'
they've died and gone to hell;
The seas are breakin' o'er your decks,
there's water down below,
Please God, when we reach Port Aux Basque
I'll kiss the ground I know.

As we left fair Nova Scotia
with the ocean feather white,
Aboard the rolling Ericson
it was not a pretty site;
With Gravall pills in short supply
and barf bags running low,
They quickly shut the kitchen down
and the bar was next to go.

God bless the crew of Ericson,
they surely did their best,
To reassure the passengers
while cleaning up the mess;
With people moaning in their seats
and lying on the floor,
Some prayed while others cursed
and said they'd never sail no more.

For seven weary hours
we were tossed upon the sea,
Harbour lights of Port Aux Basque
was a welcome site to me;
And when we travel upalong
to see our folks again,
We'll take the Caribou or Smallwood,
but not Leif Ericson.

Leif Ericson, Leif Ericson,
keep plowin' through the swell,
Your passengers are thinkin'
they've died and gone to hell;
The seas are breakin' o'er your decks,
there's water down below,
Please God, when we reach Port Aux Basque
I'll kiss the ground I know.
Please God, when we reach Port Aux Basque
I'll kiss the ground I know.

####.... Hubert Hynes of Kippens, NL (These Rocky Shores Are Calling, 2004) ....####

From Wikipedia:
MV Leif Ericson - commercial passenger/vehicle ferry in service with the Canadian operator Marine Atlantic. She is currently the oldest vessel in the Marine Atlantic fleet, built in Fosen, Norway in 1991 as the MS Stena Challenger for the Stena Line. She originally operated across the English Channel between Dover, England, and Calais, France.

From the Dictionary of Newfoundland English:
Upalong - away from a person or locality; to or on the mainland of Canada or the United States.

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Intro: [F] [C] [G] [C]

Chorus:
Leif Ericson, Leif Ericson, keep [F] plowin' through the [C] swell,
Your passengers are thinkin' they've [D] died and gone to [G] hell; [G7]
The [C] seas are breakin' o'er your decks, there's [F] water down be- [C] low,
Please God, when we reach Port Aux Basque I'll [G] kiss the ground I [C] know.

Intro: [F] [C] [G] [C]

We left our folks in Halifax one [F] bright September [C] day,
All headed for North Sidney with [D] stops along the [G] way; [G7]
By [C] noon we reached the Canso with a [F] feeling of for- [C] go,
The seas we're breaking o'er the rocks and [G] clear across the [C] road.

When we pulled into North Sidney it was [F] blowin' quite a [C] gale,
But the news that we were given took the [D] wind out of our [G] sail; [G7]
Is it the [C] Caribou or Smallwood? [F] No such luck me [C] son,
You're headed back to Newfoundland a- [G] board Leif Eric- [C] son.

Chorus:
Leif Ericson, Leif Ericson, keep [F] plowin' through the [C] swell,
Your passengers are thinkin' they've [D] died and gone to [G] hell; [G7]
The [C] seas are breakin' o'er your decks, there's [F] water down be- [C] low,
Please God, when we reach Port Aux Basque I'll [G] kiss the ground I [C] know.

Intro: [F] [C] [G] [C]

As we left fair Nova Scotia with the [F] ocean feather [C] white,
Aboard the rolling Ericson it was [D] not a pretty [G] site; [G7]
With [C] Gravall pills in short supply and [F] barf bags running [C] low,
They quickly shut the kitchen down and the [G] bar was next to [C] go.

God bless the crew of Ericson, they [F] surely did their [C] best,
To reassure the passengers while [D] cleaning up the [G] mess; [G7]
With [C] people moaning in their seats and [F] lying on the [C] floor,
Some prayed while others cursed and said they'd [G] never sail no [C] more.

For seven weary hours we were [F] tossed upon the [C] sea,
Harbour lights of Port Aux Basque was a [D] welcome site to [G] me; [G7]
And [C] when we travel upalong to [F] see our folks a- [C] gain,
We'll take the Caribou or Smallwood, but [G] not Leif Eric- [C] son.

Chorus:
Leif Ericson, Leif Ericson, keep [F] plowin' through the [C] swell,
Your passengers are thinkin' they've [D] died and gone to [G] hell; [G7]
The [C] seas are breakin' o'er your decks, there's [F] water down be- [C] low,
Please God, when we reach Port Aux Basque I'll [G] kiss the ground I [C] know.
Please God, when we reach Port Aux Basque I'll [G] kiss the ground I [C] know. [F] [C]

~ Chords contributed by Bob Dumais ~


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