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Newfoundland Must Band (Shanneyganock)

The outboards are all silent,
And the bay is nice and calm,
The locks are on the fishplants,
And the days are gettin' long;
All around the isle you'll hear us cry,
To return to days of yore,
Put our boats back in the blue,
And harvest our own shores.

Newfoundland must band and make a stand,
With the big land Labrador,
To have a say in our own rights,
Not pass them out the door;
Oh, the Maple Leaf is dear to us,
We showed that through and through,
But to keep reducing us to debt,
What else are we to do?

Oh, the water it is rolling,
Good and hard o'er Churchill Falls;
The nickel up in Voisey's,
And out west is going strong;
Well, the new found mines are quite a find,
But the paper's goin' away,
These are the kind of jobs to try,
If you are keen to stay.

Newfoundland must band and make a stand,
With the big land Labrador,
To have a say in our own rights,
Not pass them out the door;
Oh, the Maple Leaf is dear to us,
We showed that through and through,
But to keep reducing us to debt,
What else are we to do?

Well, the black gold it is flowin',
Making more dough every day,
Our new ocean pride can't meet supply,
So more is on the way;
Well, we got a check once a day it seems,
We've seen this play before,
Throw us a bone then head on home,
With the promise of some more.

Newfoundland must band and make a stand,
With the big land Labrador,
To have a say in our own rights,
Not pass them out the door:
Oh, the Maple Leaf is dear to us,
We showed that through and through,
But to keep reducing us to debt,
What else are we to do?

I'm not saying we should leave,
And try it on our own;
Show us some pride out on this side,
Don't leave us here alone;
It's an ancient view of a certain few,
Who try to keep us down,
But we will rise from strength inside,
We'll never be kept down.

Newfoundland must band and make a stand,
With the big land Labrador,
To have a say in our own rights,
Not pass them out the door;
Oh, the Maple Leaf is dear to us,
We showed that through and through,
But to keep reducing us to debt,
What else are we to do?

Newfoundland must band and make a stand,
With the big land Labrador,
To have a say in our own rights,
Not pass them out the door;
Oh, the Maple Leaf is dear to us,
We showed that through and through,
But to keep reducing us to debt,
What else are we to do?
But to keep reducing us to debt,
What else are we to do?

####.... Chris Andrews and Brian Warfield ....####
Recorded by Shanneyganock (Volume VII, trk#8, 2009 CD, Independent, produced by Jason Whelan and recorded at Great Big Studio, St John's, NL.).

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From Wikipedia:
Voisey's Bay - Canadian bay in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador located on the northern coast of Labrador, approximately 38 kilometres south-west of the community of Nain. The bay is heavily indented with numerous inlets and islands and is extremely rocky. A large nickel deposit was discovered in hills along the western shore of the bay in September 1993 by Archean Inc., a prospecting firm hired by Diamond Fields Resources Inc. This deposit is considered to be one of the most substantial mineral discoveries in Canada in the last 40 years and is estimated to contain 141 million tonnes at 1.6% nickel. Currently the mining rights for the Voisey's Bay nickel deposit belong to the Toronto-headquartered Vale Inco company, a subsidiary of CVRD, the largest mining and metals company in the Western Hemisphere. Since the discovery of the Voisey's Bay deposit, efforts have been stepped up to find similar deposits in coastal Labrador.



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