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A Fisherman's Life (Isle Aux Morts Boys) video
#1524: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

A fisherman's life is a hell of a life,
I don't think I could live that way;
Tried it myself, it was hard on my health,
Just a-sick and a-dying all day.

The seas can be rough, you better be tough,
If you want to live that way;
Work on the shore, I don't ask for more,
But good luck and some take home pay.

When the weather is bad, you just be glad,
You found your port from the storm;
A roof over your head, some grub and a bed,
And a lady to help keep you warm.

I've known some great men, a few were my kin,
Their lives they spent it at sea;
Fishermen don't retire, they just expire,
Don't want it to happen to me.

[Spoken]
Now the fisherman's son, why he's the only one,
Left to carry on with tradition;
Ah, but he'd be a fool not to stay in school,
With the present fishery condition.

The fish plants are closing,
no more northern cod,
For us to process they say;
While the foreigners keep fishin',
we sit home a-wishin',
That the future be brighter some day.

No one will know which way the wind blows,
If the Frenchmen they get their wish;
Up in 3Pn they're startin' again,
Who in the hell owns those fish?

Our fishermen they're stayin' in,
While the foreigners they rape the stocks;
There's no one to help us,
the politicians have failed us,
Guess we'll have to look after ourselves.

Now the fisherman's son, why he's the only one,
If you carry on with tradition;
Ah, but he'd be a fool not to stay in school,
With the present fishery condition.
Yeah, he'd be a fool not to stay in school,
With the present fishery condition.

####.... Isle Aux Morts Boys ....####
Recorded by the Isle Aux Morts Boys (My Island Home, 1987 cassette, Independent, recorded at Sim's Studio, Belleoram, NL).

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Note:
3Pn - one of several management areas in the Northern Gulf of St Lawrence designated by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), the federal government department responsible for the protection and management of fish stocks and their habitat.



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