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French Shore (Great Big Sea) videos
See also: Sailing Along The French Shore
(Jim Payne)
#2024: YouTube video by BetweenTheRock
©2017 ~ Used with permission ~

When I was a young man just barely fourteen,
Craving adventure and lore,
I boarded a clipper, me Dad was the skipper,
Sailed it along the French Shore;
Yeah, sailed all along the French Shore.

What beautiful vessels were sailing back then,
All bound for the North Labrador;
So for that reason they came here that season,
To sail all along the French Shore;
Yeah, to sail all along the French Shore.

On each ship a maiden was hired to cook,
A beautiful girl to adore;
Young and cavorting, all ready for courting,
While sailing along the French Shore;
Yeah, while sailing along the French Shore.

Being too young for courting I soon did decide,
To spy on the lovers on shore;
I spied on a couple so loving and supple,
While sailing along the French Shore;
Yeah, while sailing along the French Shore.

Their actions peculiar appeared to me then,
But now they're not funny no more;
They were hugging and kissing,
oh, what I'd been missing,
Sailing along the French Shore;
Yeah, while sailing along, sailing along,
While sailing along the French Shore.

That couple has children now, married I know,
You see, they're not young any more;
Yet they don't know how I witnessed the show,
They played all along the French Shore;
Yeah, they played along the French Shore.

That ends the story of my bonny days,
Would that I could live them once more;
This much I know, I'd produce my own show,
And stage it along the French Shore;
Yeah, while sailing along, sailing along,
While sailing along the French Shore.

####.... Variant of Sailing Along The French Shore written in 1983 by Lem Snow [1903-1986] of Campbellton, Notre Dame Bay and Deer Lake, NL ....####

This variant originally published by Great Big Sea (The Hard And The Easy, trk#5, 2005, WEA, Toronto, Ontario, recorded at Great Big Studio, St John's, NL).

The video above features an a capella performance by Alan Doyle at the Harvard Book Store, Cambridge MA on November 13, 2017.

See more songs by Great Big Sea.

A variant was also recorded by Jim Payne as Sailing Along The French Shore (Jim Payne & Kelly Russell, trk#5, 1985, Pigeon Inlet Productions, St. John's, NL).

The video below features an excellent cover performance by Johnny Fray of Woburn, Massachusetts.

#53: YouTube video by JohnnyFray785
©2008 ~ Used with permission ~

The video below features a segment from a 1986 Land & Sea episode about songwriter Lem Snow in which he sings French Shore.

#2026: YouTube video by Land & Sea
©2016 ~ Used with permission ~


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