#01837
Where Fishermen Used To Be (Buddy Wasisname) videos
#13: YouTube video by Kureal
©2007 ~ Used with permission ~

Now when I was a younger boy
To the Droke cliff I would stroll,
And climb the fence, and sit on the rock
To view the waters below;
It's there I'd sit and meditate
About the men on the sea,
And quickly turn my head to the point
Where fishermen used to be.

My thoughts of the trawls, the boats, the traps
It was the thing of the day,
And the brook that ran down through the Droke
That made its way to the bay;
The fish on the flakes, oh goodness sake
It was a sight to be seen,
And the caplin rolling on the beach
Where fishermen used to be.

I remember the names of men in the cove
Who worked so late in the night,
They worked the soil and made the hay
When the weather it was right;
And further down the old long drung
The horses running free,
And in the meadows by the brook
Where fishermen used to be.

Now a special time for everyone
Is about to get under way,
The cakes, the bread, the pots of soup
Is now the talk of the day;
The school is lit, the fire is in
With everyone in their glee,
For in on the floor there's dancing galore
Where fishermen used to be.

The sea and school are empty now,
They were so precious to me,
A way of life no longer there,
It's just a memory;
But it's hard to forget the days of the past
With everyone in their glee,
And to think of it now and what it was like
Where fishermen used to be.

I often stroll down to the wharf
With my daughter hand in hand,
She asked me how it used to be
When I was a younger man;
It's there I'd sit and meditate
About the men and the sea,
And point to all those places
Where fishermen used to be.
And point to all those places
Where fishermen used to be.

####.... Ray Johnson of Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers ....####
Recorded by Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers (Salt Beef Junkie, trk#8, 1995, Third Wave Productions, Gander, NL); and (The Serious Stuff, trk#13, 2001, Third Wave Productions, Gander, NL).

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From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Caplin (Capelin) - small, iridescent deep-water fish (Mallotus villosus) like a smelt which, followed by the cod, appears inshore during June and July to spawn along the beaches, and is netted for bait, for manuring the fields, or dried, salted, smoked, or frozen for eating.
Droke - valley with steep sides, someimes wooded and with a stream; frequently in place names.
Drung - narrow lane or passage between houses, fenced gardens, etc.
Flake - platform built on poles and spread with boughs for drying cod-fish on the foreshore.


#152: YouTube video by Jim Yetman
©2008 ~ Used with permission ~

#52: YouTube video by UISTMAN59
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~


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