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Gone Now Are The Stages (Paul Pearcey)

The wind sweeps 'cross the open bay
and waves pound on the shore,
I've come back to see
the place I left so long before;
In the small abandoned church
where once we knelt and prayed,
I whisper softly: I've come back -
I wish that I had stayed.

Gone now are the stages
built on rock and stilts,
Gone too are the fishermen
and the dories that they built;
All alone, gray houses
stare out with vacant eyes,
Listening to the rolling surf
and a sea bird's lonely cries.

Where are the hardy fishermen
who gathered 'round the stove?
Where, too, are the children
who grew up in the cove?
And all the aging mothers
who watched the young leave home,
Did they one day pass away,
broken-hearted and alone?

Gone now are the stages
built on rock and stilts,
Gone too are the fishermen
and the dories that they built;
All alone, gray houses
stare out with vacant eyes,
Listening to the rolling surf
and a sea bird's lonely cries.

And the letters that were written
by feeble, shaking hands,
Did they always reach loved ones
in other far-off lands?
Did no one care to visit them
or send for them to come?
Surely every spring the schooner
brought good news to some.

Gone now are the stages
built on rock and stilts,
Gone too are the fishermen
and the dories that they built;
All alone, gray houses
stare out with vacant eyes,
Listening to the rolling surf
and a sea bird's lonely cries.
And a lonely sea bird cries.

####.... Paul Pearcey of Mount Pearl, NL, ©1987. Performance rights administered by SOCAN. All rights reserved ....####
Recorded by Paul Pearcey (Paul Pearcey: Up Close, trk#5, 2000)

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From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Stage - elevated platform on the shore with working tables, sheds, etc, where fish are landed and processed for salting and drying, and fishing gear and supplies are stored; fishing stage.



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