#01765
Not Ours To Keep (Anchors Aweigh)

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From the scenic Codroy Valley
to the rustic southern shore,
From the rolling Long Range Mountains
to the cliffs of Labrador,
From the woodlands and the highlands
to the mighty ocean deep,
She's ours for this moment,
but just not ours to keep.

When my day on earth is ended,
with the passage of the time,
May the measure of my lifetime
be the things I left behind;
Will the lakes be pure and pretty,
and the mountains oh so steep,
In the land my children borrow
that's never ours to keep?

This island that we live on,
both majestic and small,
With coves, bays, and inlets,
and mountains so tall,
With wide open spaces
and waters so deep,
She's ours just to borrow,
but just not ours to keep.

Will the brooks run unpolluted
to the broad Atlantic shore?
Will the forest teem with wildlife?
Will the birds still haunt the moor?
Will the clouds hang clear and pretty
around our mountain peaks,
In this land that's ours to borrow,
but never ours to keep?

This island that we live on,
both majestic and small,
With coves, bays, and inlets,
and mountains so tall,
With wide open spaces
and waters so deep,
She's ours just to borrow,
but just not ours to keep.

She's ours just to borrow,
but just not ours to keep.

####.... Don Fudge and Wayne Parsons of Anchors Aweigh ....####

Recorded by Anchors Away of Rocky Harbour, NL (When Sailors Sing, trk#4, 2002, Independent, produced at WE Music Studio, Cormack, NL).

See more songs by Anchors Aweigh.

NOTE: The Long Range Mountains are located on the west coast of Newfoundland and stretch from Port-aux-Basques in the south to near St Anthony in the north, a distance of approximately 450 kilometres (280 miles).

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Intro: [G] [C] [G] [Am] [D] [D7] [G] (Harmonica Lead)

[G] From the scenic Codroy Valley to the [C] rustic [G] southern [Am] shore,
From the [D] rolling Long Range Mountains to the [C] cliffs [D] of Labra- [G] dor, [G]
From the woodlands and the highlands to the [C] mighty [G] ocean [Am] deep,
She's [D] ours for this moment, but [C] just not [D] ours to [G] keep. [G]

When my day on earth is ended, with the [C] passage [G] of the [Am] time,
May the [D] measure of my lifetime be the [C] things I've [D] left be- [G] hind; [G]
Will the lakes be pure and pretty and the [C] mountains [G] oh so [Am] steep,
In the [D] land my children borrow, that's [C] never [D] ours to [G] keep? [G]

Chorus:

[C] This island that we [Am] live on, both [G] majestic and small,
With [A] coves, bays and [A7] inlets, and [D] mountains so [D7] tall,
[C] With wide open [Am] spaces, and [G] waters so deep,
She's [D] ours just to borrow, but [C] just not [D] ours to [G] keep. [G]

Interlude: (verse chords x2)

Will the brooks run unpolluted to the [C] broad [G] Atlantic [Am] shore?
Will the [D] forest team with wildlife, will the [C] birds still [D] haunt the [G] moor? [G]
Will the clouds hang clear and pretty [C] around our [G] mountain [Am] peaks,
In this [D] land that's ours to borrow, but [C] never [D] ours to [G] keep? [G]

Chorus:

[C] This island that we [Am] live on, both [G] majestic and small,
With [A] coves, bays and [A7] inlets, and [D] mountains so [D7] tall,
[C] With wide open [Am] spaces, and [G] waters so deep,
She's [D] ours just to borrow, but [C] just not [D] ours to [G] keep.

She's [D] ours just to borrow, but [C] just not [D] ours to [G] keep.

Outro: [G] [C] [G] [Am] [D] [C] [D] [G]

~ Chords contributed by Bob Dumais ~


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