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The Sealer's Song (Shawn Lidster) video
#1080 YouTube video by Damian Lacombe
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Diddly oh di-di-del up and down day,
Diddly oh di-di-del up and down;
Diddly oh di-di-del up and down day,
Diddly oh di-di-del lay down.

Diddly oh di-di-del up and down day,
Diddly oh di-di-del up and down;
Diddly oh di-di-del up and down day,
Diddly oh di-di-del lay down.

Well, me great-grandfather was a stowaway,
He sailed across a raging sea
To an island they called the Newfoundland
where he raised a family;
He was a fisherman by trade, sir,
in the spring of every year,
He had his berth and his gunny sack
and be sealing off the Labrador.

Now the work was hard and the days were long,
And the sweat poured down his brow,
Between the oaths he swore on the old man,
You could hear him sing this song, he went:

Diddly oh di-di-del up and down day,
Diddly oh di-di-del up and down;
Diddly oh di-di-del up and down day,
Diddly oh di-di-del lay down.

Now when the ship was bellied down,
loaded, sir, with seal,
They'd point her nose towards St John's,
all for the merchants' glee;
And down in the crews' quarters
when their rations had been ate,
They'd light a smoke and tell some jokes
and listen to me grandpa sing, he went:

Diddly oh di-di-del up and down day,
Diddly oh di-di-del up and down;
Diddly oh di-di-del up and down day,
Diddly oh di-di-del lay down.

Well if you had been lucky,
and God was on your side,
You should make enough of credit
to do you a short while;
And when the hunt was over,
with his loved ones by his side,
He swore he'd never return again
to the ice or to the swiles. He went:

Diddly oh di-di-del up and down day,
Diddly oh di-di-del up and down;
Diddly oh di-di-del up and down day,
Diddly oh di-di-del lay down.

Now the times they have been changing,
they're not like in the past,
No more you'll hear the skipper's roar:
"Ready ropes and gaffs!"
When those ice cold winds are howling
in the spring of every year,
Well if you listen closely
this is what you'll hear:

Diddly oh di-di-del up and down day,
Diddly oh di-di-del up and down;
Diddly oh di-di-del up and down day,
Diddly oh di-di-del lay down.

Diddly oh di-di-del up and down day,
Diddly oh di-di-del up and down;
Diddly oh di-di-del up and down day,
Diddly oh di-di-del lay down.

Diddly oh di-di-del up and down day,
Diddly oh di-di-del up and down;
Diddly oh di-di-del up and down day,
Diddly oh di-di-del lay down.

Take her home!

Diddly oh di-di-del up and down day,
Diddly oh di-di-del up and down;
Diddly oh di-di-del up and down day,
Diddly oh di-di-del lay down.

####.... Shawn Lidster of Brigus, NL ©2003 ....####
Recorded by Shawn Lidster (Legends On The Baccalieu Trail, trk#9, 2006, Shawn Lidster Music, Brigus, NL, produced by Off The Rock Entertainment and recorded at Player's Choice Studio, Spaniard's Bay, NL).

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