#03046
Old Fishing Boat Back Home (Wayne S Morgan)
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When I was a little bitty baby,
My daddy would rock me on the water,
In that old fishing boat back home;
It was down in Port de Grave Harbour,
Dad tried to keep us all from starving,
In that old fishing boat back home.

When that fishing boat got rotten,
All the planks fell off her bottom,
That old fishing boat back home;
It was down in the cellar garden,
We spread capelin just to keep from starving,
From that old fishing boat back home.

Well, it was one year after ninety-one,
They brought in the moratorium,
On that old fishing boat back home;
Now all those years have come and gone,
And we still ain't got no cod,
In that old fishing boat back home.

Oh, when that fishing boat got rotten,
All the planks fell off her bottom,
That old fishing boat back home;
It was down in Port de Grave Harbour,
Dad tried to keep us all from starving,
In that old fishing boat back home.

Johnny Efford he gave up fishing,
He always wanted to be a politician,
In that sad, old fishing boat back home;
But now he went to Ottawa,
Helped bring home the Atlantic Accord,
Left that old fishing boat back home.

When the fishing boat got rotten,
All the planks fell off her bottom,
That old fishing boat back home;
It was down in Port de Grave Harbour,
Dad tried to keep us all from starving,
In that old fishing boat back home.

Danny and Trevor gave Risley the crabs,
Now St. Anthony's gettin' all the jobs,
From that old fishing boat back home;
John Risley's gone away smiling,
While all the boys are gone out swiling,
In that old fishing boat back home.

When the fishing boat got rotten,
All the planks fell off her bottom,
That old fishing boat back home;
It was down in the cellar garden,
We spread capelin just to keep from starving,
From that old fishing boat back home,
Fix that old fishing boat back home.

####.... Wayne S Morgan to the tune of Cotton Fields written by blues musician Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly, who made the first recording of the song in 1940. ....####
This original song was written and recorded by Wayne S Morgan of Port de Grave, NL (This Is My Island, trk#6, 2005, Sawyer Hill productions, Placentia, NL, produced and arranged by Kevin Collins, published and distributed by Wayne S Morgan).

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From Wikipedia:
Atlantic Accord - agreement signed in 1985 between the Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to manage offshore oil and gas resources adjacent to Newfoundland and Labrador.
John Risley [b.1948, Halifax, Nova Scotia] - Canadian businessman with major financial interests in fisheries, food supplements, and communications. Based in Chester, Nova Scotia, he is one of the 100 richest people in Canada. His wealth in 2009 was estimated to be $830 million. Risley was made an officer of the Order of Canada in 1998.
St Anthony - town on the northern reaches of the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland and Labrador, known for its whale watching, Grenfell House Museum, Dockhouse Museum, and L'Anse Aux Meadows, a Norse village briefly inhabited around 1000 AD.
Trevor Taylor - Member of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly for The Straits - White Bay North (2001-2009).

From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Capelin - (caplin) small, iridescent deep-water fish (Mallotus villosus) like a smelt which, followed by the cod, appears inshore during June and July to spawn along the beaches, and is netted for bait, for manuring the fields, or dried, salted, smoked, or frozen for eating.
Swiling - sealing; the taking of seals, especially harp and hooded seals, by net, gun or gaff near the shore, or the hunt for them from a vessel on the ice-floes.

From the fish harvesters' union - Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW/CAW):
On July 2, 1992, The Great Northern Cod Fishery, the first of 14 East Coast Ground Fisheries was closed to commercial harvest. A five centuries-old tradition had come to an abrupt and devastating halt. Thousands of people were thrown out of work. Coastal communities, and the people depending on these resources for their livelihood, were numb from shock. Throughout the years of the moratorium, the fishery became more shellfish dependent, communities got smaller, the landscape of the province was irrevocably altered, and fisheries management was never looked upon in the same way. The road back, the road to rebuilding fish stocks, has been a slow and oftentimes frustrating task.



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