#02357
Let Me Fish Off Cape St Mary's (Ryan's Fancy)
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See also: Let Me Fish Off Cape St Mary's
(Stan Rogers)

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Take me back to my Western boat,
Let me fish off Cape St Mary's,
Where the hogdowns sail and the foghorns wail,
With my friends the Browns and the Clearys,
Let me fish off Cape St Mary's.

Let me view that rugged shore,
Where the beach is all a-glisten,
With the caplin spawn where from dusk to dawn,
You bait your trawl and listen,
To the undertow a-hissin'.

When I reach that last big shoal,
Where the ground swells break asunder,
Where the wild sands roll to the surge's toll,
Let me be a man and take it,
When my dory fails to make it.

Take me back to that snug green cove,
Where the seas roll up their thunder,
There let me rest in the earth's cool breast,
Where the stars shine out their wonder,
And the seas roll up their thunder.

Take me back to my Western boat,
Let me fish off Cape St Mary's,
Where the hogdowns sail and the foghorns wail,
With my friends the Browns and the Clearys,
Let me fish off Cape St Mary's.

####.... Written in 1947 by Otto P Kelland [1904-2004] of Flatrock, NL. (© Jocelyn Kelland) ....####
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.

This abbreviated variant was recorded by Ryan's Fancy (Ryan's Fancy Live ©1975, Audat Records).


See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

A variant was also recorded as Let Me Fish Off Cape St Mary's by Stan Rogers (For the Family, 1982, Folk Tradition, R002).

See more songs by Stan Rogers.

Another variant was recorded by Gordon Bok [b.1939] as Western Boat (Bay Of Fundy ©1977, Folk-Legacy Records, FSI-54). Gordon Bok noted that Otto Kelland was the Warden of St John's Penitentiary when he wrote this song. Kelland eventually became superintendent of the penitentiary before retiring and, according to his obituary in the Folk Alliance, was a prolific author with several books, volumes of poetry, and many songs to his credit. He was also a builder of model ships and was considered a noted authority on sailing ships and other sea craft.

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 Marys 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.


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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.

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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]


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