#01877
Row, Boys, Row (Buddy Wasisname)

There's ten cents in my pocket,
and no injuries to show,
The wife is eight months pregnant,
I s'pose I'm not that slow;
The merchant didn't take it all,
there's still a dime to go,
So head her down to Charlottetown,
and row, boys, row.

Row, boys, row.
Don't you row too slow,
There's wives and kids,
and chickens and dogs,
waiting in the cove!

Pushed up the coast of Labrador
to get some fish to salt,
On a pile of planks from Milner's Cove
driven by some cloth;
'Twas up at three in the morning
to a feed of beans and bread,
And o'er side at four o'clock
if you were caught in bed.

Row, boys, row.
Don't you row too slow,
There's wives and kids,
and chickens and dogs,
waiting in the cove!

Now wait and bait, and trawl
and haul in, all day long,
Pass the time with stories,
voices joined in song;
Heaving, slaving endlessly
till duckish brought the night,
Then guttin', splittin',
up on deck to dim lantern light.

Row, boys, row.
Don't you row too slow,
There's wives and kids,
and chickens and dogs,
waiting in the cove!

Now where's the men among you
who wouldn't do the same,
For his family back in Newfoundland,
the ones who took his name;
You slave and suffer night and day
through rain and sleet and snow,
Before you'd see them hungry
living off the dole.

Row, boys, row.
Don't you row too slow,
There's wives and kids,
and chickens and dogs,
waiting in the cove!
Row, boys, row.
Don't you row too slow,
There's wives and kids,
and chickens and dogs,
waiting in the cove!

####.... Wayne Chaulk of Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers ....####
Recorded by Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers (Flatout, trk#15, 1990, Third Wave Productions, Gander, NL).

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From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Trawl - buoyed line, of great length, to which short lines with baited hooks are attached at intervals.



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