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Black Gold (D'Arcy Broderick) videos
#2365 Youtube video by gdgest
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There's good money, don't you fear,
Said the man down by the pier,
For the sea is alive and it's calling;
Won't you chase the new black gold,
Where once the herring shoaled,
There's black gold in the deep waters, Johnny.

Where the North Sea wind is blowing,
And the day is a lifetime too long;
Where we drill, sweat and toil
to take the ocean's oil,
There's black gold in the deep waters, Johnny.

There are men from Scapa Flow,
And the kid from Sandy Row,
SEDCO men who look all spiff and sparkle;
On a money spending binge,
Joy riding on the rigs,
And you'll chase the new black gold
without your gargle.

Where the North Sea wind is blowing,
And the day is a lifetime too long;
Where we drill, sweat and toil
to take the ocean's oil,
There's black gold in the deep waters, Johnny.

There's twelve hour shifts to do,
Playing nurse mate to the crew,
There's a loneliness and fear in empty oceans;
From the Shetlands to the Kesh,
They're chasing oil instead of fish,
For black gold in the deep waters, Johnny.

Where the North Sea wind is blowing,
And the day is a lifetime too long;
Where we drill, sweat and toil
to take the ocean's oil,
There's black gold in the deep waters, Johnny.

For the rig's me second home,
Sitting pretty o'er the foam,
A way of life that's new to every nation;
And there's a hundred extra quid,
To go diving with the squid,
For black gold in the deep waters, Johnny.

Where the North Sea wind is blowing,
And the day is a lifetime too long;
Where we drill, sweat and toil
to take the ocean's oil,
There's black gold in the deep waters, Johnny.

Where the North Sea wind is blowing,
And the day is a lifetime too long;
Where we drill, sweat and toil
to take the ocean's oil,
There's black gold in the deep waters, Johnny.

####.... Pete St John (real name Peter Mooney) - native of Dublin, Ireland, folk singer and prolific composer of widely sung modern ballads ....####
This variant recorded by D'Arcy Broderick of Bay de Verde, NL (By Request, trk#8, 2006, Independent, recorded, mixed and mastered at Source 4 Sound Productions, Torbay, NL).

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From the Dictionary of Newfoundland English:
Shoal - large number of fish (especially cod) or seals swimming in company while feeding or migrating; the migration of the fish or seals to inshore water.

From the Columbia On-Line Encyclopedia:
Scapa Flow - area of water, 15 mi (24 km) long and 8 mi (12.9 km) wide, in the Orkney Islands, off Northern Scotland. It is bounded by the islands of Mainland, Graemsay, Burray, South Ronaldsay, and Hoy. Scapa Flow was Britain's main naval base in both world wars. Lyness, on Hoy, was the headquarters. The British vessel Vanguard exploded in Scapa Flow in July, 1917, and the German fleet was scuttled there in 1919. In October, 1939, a German submarine penetrated the area and sank the Royal Oak, causing the British fleet to withdraw until 1940. The Churchill Barrier was begun the same year to block the eastern entrance to Scapa Flow by sinking 250,000 tons of concrete in the sounds linking Mainland, Burray, South Ronaldsay, and two smaller eastern islands. The barrier now forms a causeway linking Mainland to South Ronaldsay. The naval base was closed in 1956.

From Wikipedia:
Kesh - popular tourist resort village in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, on the Kesh River, about 1 mile (1.6 km) from Lower Lough Erne. It is about 5 miles (8 km) from the border with the Republic of Ireland and 22 miles (35 km) from the Atlantic coast resort of Rossnowlagh in County Donegal, thus adding to its popularity with holiday makers, day-trippers and weekenders. The name had been spelled in varying ways but generally as Kish or Cash until relatively modern times.
Sandy Row - street in south Belfast, Northern Ireland. It lends its name to the surrounding residential community, which is predominantly Protestant working-class. The Sandy Row area had a population of 2,153 in 2001. It is a staunchly loyalist area of Belfast, being a traditional heartland for affiliation with the paramilitary Ulster Defence Association (UDA) and the Orange Order. Sandy Row is situated in south Belfast, beginning at the edge of the city centre, close to the Europa Hotel. The road runs south from the Boyne Bridge (formerly the Saltwater Bridge) over the old Dublin railway line beside Great Victoria Street station, then crosses the Donegall Road and ends at the bottom of the Lisburn Road. At the north end of the road was the famous Murray's tobacco factory, which was first opened in 1810, while at the other is a large Orange hall. Also known as The Royal Mile, and formerly called Carr's Row, Sandy Row is one of the oldest residential areas of Belfast. Its growth in population was in large part due to the expansion of the linen industry in Rowland Street. The name Sandy Row derived from the sandbank which abutted the road that followed the high-water mark resulting from the flow off the tidal waters of the Lagan River estuary. For over two thousand years, the road along the sandbank was the principal thoroughfare leading south from Carrickfergus.
Shetlands - subarctic archipelago of Scotland that lies north-east of mainland Britain. The islands lie some 80 km (50 mi) to the northeast of Orkney and 280 km (170 mi) southeast of the Faroe Islands and form part of the division between the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the North Sea to the east. Fishing has continued to be an important aspect of the economy up to the present day. The discovery of North Sea oil in the 1970s significantly boosted Shetland incomes, employment, and public sector revenues.

From Dictionary.com:
Gargle (British) - alcoholic drink; liquor; drink of liquor.

The video below features an excellent cover performance by Richard Woodrow.


#1694 Youtube video by rwoodrow58
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

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Capo 2nd fret, middle up tempo strumming.

(G) There's good money don't you fear,
Said the (C) man down by the (G) pier,
For the (C) sea is a (G) life that is (D) calling;
(G) Won't you chase the new black gold,
Where (C) once a herring (G) shoal,
There's black gold in the (D) deep (C) waters, (G) Johnny.

Chorus:
Where the (D) North Sea wind is (G) blowing,
And the day is a lifetime too (Em) long,
Where we (G) drill, sweat and toil to (C) take the ocean's (G) oil,
There's black gold in the (D) deep (C) waters, (G) Johnny.

~ Chords contributed by Barry Penton ~


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