#02934
Shanty Town (Harry Martin)

Shanty town by the shore,
I've come home to you once more,
With a feeling that I can't explain;
And with everything gone,
Have I waited too long
To forget and start over again?

Reaching out for a star,
Guess I wandered too far,
I'm confused and I can't find my way;
When I left I was strong,
But I know I was wrong,
I've come home now and this time I'll stay.

As I sit by the sea,
Just my memories and me,
And the hurt that I'm feeling inside;
And the seagulls look down,
But they don't make a sound,
'Cause they know what I'm trying to hide.

Every once in awhile,
I look back with a smile,
As the pictures return to my mind;
But it's all in the past,
It was too good to last,
And the memories are all I can find.

Shanty town by the shore,
I've come home to you once more,
With a feeling that I can't explain;
And with everything gone,
Have I waited too long
To forget and start over again?

####.... Harry Martin, a wildlife Conservation Officer from Cartwright, Labrador ....####
Recorded by Harry Martin (Compilation album: Our Labrador, trk#7, 1993, Butter & Snow Productions, produced by Glen Tilley/Shirley Montague, recorded at Studio F, CBC Radio, St John's, NL and engineered by Terry Winsor); and (Broken Wings, trk#8, 2000, Eagle Studios, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL, produced and engineered by Bob Moore).

Liner Notes: Written in 1971 when Harry Martin was a young soldier at CFS Val-d'or Quebec, his words express a longing to return to his coastal Labrador home of Cartwright.

From Wikipedia:
CFS Val-d'Or - Royal Canadian Air Force Station established in southwestern Quebec in 1954 as a fighter-interceptor base intended to protect Montreal and the St Lawrence River valley and Great Lakes basin against Soviet bomber aircraft. The airfield was topped with asphalt by the mid-1950s, as RCAF Station Val d'Or became a key component in NORAD. The 1968 merger of the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Canadian Navy saw RCAF Station Val-d'Or renamed Canadian Forces Station Val-d'Or or CFS Val-d'Or; the term station was used since Val-d'Or did not host any major units such as a wing or squadrons. CFS Val-d'Or saw its mission gradually decrease during the 1970s and it was closed.



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