Published in Gerald S. Doyle's Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland: Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers (Third edition, p.39, 1955).
Also published on p.8 of Songs Of Newfoundland, a complimentary booklet of lyrics to twenty-one songs distributed by the Bennett Brewing Co. Ltd., of St. John's, NL, with the cooperation of the Gerald S. Doyle Song Book from which the words were obtained.
From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English: Caplin - 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. Hogdown - greater shearwater (Puffinus gravis); sooty shear-water (P. griseus); BAWK. Trawl - buoyed line, of great length, to which short lines with baited hooks are attached at intervals.
From Great Finds In Newfoundland and Labrador: Cape St. Mary's is located on the Cape Shore Drive off Route 100 on the southwestern tip of Newfoundland's Avalon region, approximately two hours from St. John's by road. It is the most accessible seabird rookery in North America. Bird Rock is the third largest nesting site and southernmost colony of Northern gannets in North America. Cape St. Mary's is also the southernmost breeding area for thick-billed murres in the world and the southernmost major breeding site for common murres in the northwest Atlantic Ocean. This site is overflowing with perching, diving, and scrambling birds from edge to edge - melding together into an awesome moving, breathing spectacle of colour and sound.
Notes On Guitar Tabs:
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[G] Take me back to my Western boat,
Let me [G] fish off [Am] Cape St. [D] Mary's
Where the [G] hogdowns [D] sail and the [Em] foghorns [C] wail
With my [G] friends the [C] Browns and the [G] Clearys.
[G] Let me fish off Cape St. [D] Mary's.
Take me [D] back to my [A] Western [Bm] boat,
Let me [D] fish off [E7] Cape St. [A] Mary's [A7]
Where the [D] hogdowns [A] sail and the [F#7] foghorns [Bm] wail
With my [D] friends the [G] Browns and the [Bm] Clearys.
Let me [G] fish off [E7] Cape St. [A] Mary's. [A7]