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My INCO Hat (Buddy Wasisname) video
#1265: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

The story is told in big Johnny's face,
The story of all those who go;
When going ain't leaving, it's interlude,
And those who hope it is so.
The story is told in big Johnny's eyes,
How he never wanted all this;
In parting, his friends remind him so much,
Of all of the things he has missed.

The story is Gerry's since eighty-five,
And Gerry's got all those great lines;
But look, you can read between every one,
He's missed home all of this time.
And Pauline's okay, Lester is there,
And her patriot daughter and son;
They all share the past,
But their memories of home
are as if they were one.

So I wear this hat for all those who left,
Though I've met only a few;
And I wear this hat, it's my INCO hat,
And remember the job that they do.
For INCO's a mine, it's a hole in the ground,
That lured so many away;
They spread out all over this country of ours,
But I get to come home and stay.
Yes, I get to come home and stay.

So I am not saying it's wrong to leave,
I'm not saying it's right to stay;
All I know is out of all those who left,
They talk of leaving again.
Leaving the mines, the cities or towns,
And the jobs that lured them away;
They talk of the things that
their youngsters don't get,
And how growing up here ain't the same.

And I know how some of them came to meet,
On one warm clear late April day;
To see our show, to see us all go,
How we left and they stayed.
And I know the tears in big Johnny's eyes,
When our visit came to an end;
And when Ray played one last familiar tune,
I know how they waltzed once again.

So I wear this hat for all those who left,
Though I've met only a few;
And I wear this hat, it's my INCO hat,
And remember the job that they do.
For INCO's a mine, it's a hole in the ground,
That lured so many away;
They spread out all over this country of ours,
But I get to come home and stay.
Yes, I get to come home and stay.

####.... Kevin Blackmore of Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers ....####
Recorded by Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers (Salt Beef Junkie, trk#12, 1995, Third Wave Productions, Gander, Newfoundland).

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Note: Inco Limited is a Canadian mining and metals company, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. It is the world's second largest producer of nickel, and its third largest nickel mining company outside South Africa and Russia of platinum-group metals. On October 24, 2006, the Brazilian mining company Companhia Vale do Rio Doce, (changed to Vale Mining in 2007) obtained control of Inco Limited.

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