#01896
On The Government Wharf (Buddy Wasisname) video
#521: YouTube video by robertanita
©2007 ~ Used with permission ~

There are little brown bottles that used to hold beer,
Floatin' in the water and sailin' through the air;
All the boys got their pogey and there are songs everywhere,
It's Saturday night and they're all on the tear.

There are several good reasons why Ralphie gets drunk,
He's bored with the soaps and his girl's up the stump;
As he sits on a six pack one-liners flow free,
He sucks back another and it's tossed to the sea.

Will the sun come up, will the winds still blow?
Will the tides carry out the bottles?
Will tomorrow bring sunshine or will it bring pain?
Who cares, 'cause tonight there's a party.

Now Eddie helps Johnny play a four-string guitar,
They've been drinkin' since Friday, don't know where they are;
And if the money keeps comin', they won't change a thing,
They look to the good times and party till spring.

Ah, Bill worked for twelve weeks on the asphalt machine,
And Jim shingled houses at three-fifteen;
And Sam needs four stamps as he's going to cut some smuts,
But tonight he's okay in this comfortable rut.

Will the sun come up, will the winds still blow?
Will the tides carry out the bottles?
Will tomorrow bring sunshine or will it bring pain?
Who cares, 'cause tonight there's a party.

Now Ivan got a headache but he doesn't care,
He can easily fix it with a half dozen beer;
As he sits on a tailgate with a dirty big grin,
He's patiently waitin' for his luck to cut in.

Ah, this once was a place where 'twas work to be done,
No times for parties, frivolity and fun;
But tonight there is singin' and jokes of all sort,
It's Saturday night on the government wharf.

Will the sun come up, will the winds still blow?
Will the tides carry out the bottles?
Will tomorrow bring sunshine or will it bring pain?
Who cares, 'cause tonight there's a party.

Will the sun come up, will the winds still blow?
Will the tides carry out the bottles?
Will tomorrow bring sunshine or will it bring pain?
Who cares, 'cause tonight there's a party.

####.... Wayne Chaulk of Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers ....####

Recorded by Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers (100% Pure, trk#12, 1993, Third Wave Productions, Gander, NL).

See more songs by Buddy Wasisname.

From Wiktionary:
Pogey - (Canada, slang) government financial assistance, particularly unemployment insurance.

From the Dictionary of Newfoundland English:
Smuts - charred trees still standing after a forest fire.


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