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Only Twelve Sir (The Landsmen)

My father was a cook on a trawler,
My mother kept the fires lit at home;
I couldn't be a preacher or a teacher,
So I set out to ramble and to roam.

I went to work when I was only twelve, sir,
No college education meant for me;
With fifteen at the table, I did what I was able,
To help my father and my family.

I jumped aboard a steamer heading westward,
I tried my hand at anything that paid;
No trouble for a child to find a job then,
A job to keep the money that I made.

I went to work when I was only twelve, sir,
No college education meant for me;
With fifteen at the table, I did what I was able,
To help my father and my family.

I met my wife and came back home to fish, sir,
Can turn my hand to anything at all;
A carpenter, a farmer, and a tradesman,
And there's fish out on the flake, sir, in the fall.

I went to work when I was only twelve, sir,
No college education meant for me;
With fifteen at the table, I did what I was able,
To help my father and my family.

Now won't you come and join me for some tea, sir,
Or maybe have a little drop of shine?
The house is not a palace or a penthouse,
But I'll share with you anything that's mine.

I went to work when I was only twelve, sir,
No college education meant for me;
With fifteen at the table, I did what I was able,
To help my father and my family.

####.... George T Keeping of The Landsmen (Woods And Water, 2006) ....####

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From the Dictionary of Newfoundland English:
Flake - platform built on poles and spread with boughs for drying cod-fish on the foreshore.


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