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Eli Was Here Before John (Wince & Ellis Coles)
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It's so nice to see you, I'm glad that you're here
To celebrate Cabot with we,
But I gotta tell you, when I was a boy,
Something that Eli told me;
We was paintin' his trapskiff far down in the cove,
I mentioned our past history,
As he spit in the grass he said,
Cabot, me ass, I was here long before he.

He said, I remembers that day on the Cape,
Waitin' for a turr to fly in,
When I seen her comin', the Matthew it was,
Boy, she was ugly as sin;
I heard Cabot callin' from high in the mast,
"I've discovered new land for the king!"
It was ass over kettle down smack on the deck,
When my voice from the cliff loudly rang,
"Is that you, John?"

Now Eli was here before John,
It don't really matter if history is wrong;
So let's just forget it, it's over and gone,
But Eli was here before John.

As the sun kissed the hilltop I heard Sophie scream,
On the road to the old covered well,
If I wasn't dreamin' 'twas Cabot for sure,
He was chasin' her down o'er the hill;
The smile he was wearin', that gleam in his eye,
He was lookin' for love I could tell,
As he chased her in circles each time he would pass,
Right over the old covered well.

I grabbed me old musket, she was ready to talk,
If he touched my Sophie I'd kill,
But the next time around, yeah, she quickly bent down,
Whipped the cover right off of the well;
I laid down old Betsy, to Sophie I ran,
But she stood all alone with her pail,
Oh, the oaths they were comin' from twenty feet deep,
When I shouted down in the well,
"Is that you, John?"

Now Eli was here before John,
It don't really matter if history is wrong;
So let's just forget it, it's over and gone,
But Eli was here before John.

Well, the sun it was beatin' it's way through the fog,
When I woke up and found Sophie gone,
By the well then I seen her with a rope in her hand,
Said, "I just passed some soup down to John."
With me old wooden ladder got John from the well,
Boy, he was one ignorant man,
He cursed and he called me a four letter word,
Then straight to the Matthew he ran.

We walked to the Cape, she was right down below,
As close to the cliff she did sail,
'Twas then I saw John, yeah his trousers were gone,
He was sittin' far out on the rail;
I then said to Sophie, John's actin' some strange,
She said, "Darlin' I'll tell you the truth,
John stepped out of line, now he's payin' the fine,
From the Ex-Lax I put in his soup."

I said I feel guilty, Sophie, how about you,
Left John in the well like a dog;
She said not a word, but her answer was clear,
As she loudly called out in the fog,
"Is that you, John?"

Now Eli was here before John,
It don't really matter if history is wrong;
So let's just forget it, it's over and gone,
But Eli was here before John.

Now Eli was here before John,
It don't really matter if history is wrong;
So let's just forget it, it's over and gone,
But Eli was here before John.

[fade] Now Eli was here before John....

####.... Wince Coles of Carmanville, NL ....####
Written as a tongue-in-cheek tribute to commemorate the 500th anniversary of John Cabot's voyage of discovery, and recorded by Ellis and Wince Coles (Alive An' Kickin' / Ellis And Wince Coles, trk#1, 1997 Cassette, Winelco, Carmanville, NL).

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From Wikipedia:
John Cabot (known in Italian as Giovanni Caboto; c.1450 - c.1499) - Italian navigator and explorer whose 1497 discovery of parts of North America is commonly held to have been the first European encounter with the continent of North America since the Norse Vikings in the eleventh century. The official position of the Canadian and United Kingdom governments is that he landed on the island of Newfoundland.
Matthew - small, 50 ton, caravel sailed by John Cabot in 1497 with 20 crew from Bristol, England, by way of Dursey Head, Ireland, to North America, landing on 24 June 1497 in Newfoundland.

From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Turr - one of several sea-birds hunted as food; Atlantic common murre; baccalieu bird (Uria aalge aalge).

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(Capo second fret)

Intro: [A] [B] [E]

It's so nice to see you, I'm [A] glad that you're [E] here
To celebrate Cabot with [B] we,
But [E] I gotta tell you when [A] I was a [E] boy,
Something that [B] Eli told [E] me;
We was paintin' his trapskiff far [A] down in the [E] cove,
I mentioned our past his-to- [B] ry,
As he [E] spit in the grass he said, [A]
Cabot, me [E] ass, I was here [B] long before [E] he.

He said, I remembers that [A] day on the [E] Cape,
Waitin' for a turr to fly [B] in,
When I [E] seen her comin', the [A] Matthew it [E] was,
Boy, she was [B] ugly as [E] sin;
I heard Cabot callin' from [A] high in the [E] mast,
"I've discovered new land for the [B] king!"
It was [E] ass over kettle down [A] smack on the [E] deck,
When my voice from the [B] cliff loudly [E] rang,
"Is that you, John?"

Now Eli was here before [A] John,
It [B] don't really matter if history is [E] wrong;
So let's just forget it, it's [A] over and [E] gone,
But Eli was [B] here before [E] John.

As the sun kissed the hilltop I [A] heard Sophie [E] scream,
On the road to the old covered [B] well,
If [E] I wasn't dreamin' 'twas [A] Cabot for [E] sure,
He was chasin' her [B] down o'er the [E] hill;
The smile he was wearin', that [A] gleam in his [E] eye,
He was lookin' for love I could [B] tell,
As he [E] chased her in circles each [A] time he would [E] pass,
Right over the [B] old covered [E] well.

I grabbed me old musket, she was [A] ready to [E] talk,
If he touched my Sophie I'd [B] kill,
But the [E] next time around, yeah, she [A] quickly bent [E] down,
Whipped the cover right [B] off of the [E] well;
I laid down old Betsy, to [A] Sophie I [E] ran,
But she stood all alone with her [B] pail,
Oh, the [E] oaths they were comin' from [A] twenty feet [E] deep,
When I shouted [B] down in the [E] well,
"Is that you, John?"

Now Eli was here before [A] John,
It [B] don't really matter if history is [E] wrong;
So let's just forget it, it's [A] over and [E] gone,
But Eli was [B] here before [E] John.

Well, the sun it was beatin' it's [A] way through the [E] fog,
When I woke up and found Sophie [B] gone,
By the [E] well then I seen her with a [A] rope in her [E] hand,
Said, "I just passed some [B] soup down to [E] John."
With me old wooden ladder got [A] John from the [E] well,
Boy, he was one ignorant [B] man,
He [E] cursed and he called me a [A] four letter [E] word,
Then straight to the [B] Matthew he [E] ran.

We walked to the Cape, she was [A] right down be- [E] low,
As close to the cliff she did [B] sail,
'Twas [E] then I saw John, yeah his [A] trousers were [E] gone,
He was sittin' far [B] out on the [E] rail;
I then said to Sophie, John's [A] actin' some [E] strange,
She said, "Darlin', I'll tell you the [B] truth,
John [E] stepped out of line, now he'-[A] s payin' the [E] fine,
From the Ex-Lax I [B] put in his [E] soup."

I said, I feel guilty, Sophie, [A] how about [E] you,
Left John in the well like a [B] dog;
She [E] said not a word, but her [A] answer was [E] clear,
As she loudly called [B] out in the [E] fog,
"Is that you John?"

Now Eli was here before [A] John,
It [B] don't really matter if history is [E] wrong;
So let's just forget it, it's [A] over and [E] gone,
But Eli was [B] here before [E] John.

Now Eli was here before [A] John,
It [B] don't really matter if history is [E] wrong;
So let's just forget it, it's [A] over and [E] gone,
But Eli was [B] here before [E] John.

[fade] Now Eli was here before John....

~ Chords contributed by Bob Dumais ~


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