#03092
My Mother Is The Ocean Sea (Wade Hemsworth)
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#1735: YouTube video by rrgomes
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

Oh, my mother is the ocean sea,
My father is the sun;
Long time ago they made me,
Before time had begun.

Haul away, haul away children,
One sun, one ocean.

Tide waters changing
by quarters of the moon,
A-wash upon the shore;
The salty warm sea womb,
For water babies all are we.

Haul away children,
One sun, one ocean.

So may sun shine on ocean sea,
May we flourish by knowing;
May sea mother find us,
Wherever the winds are blowing.

Haul away children,
One sun, one ocean.

Haul away, haul away,
Haul away children,
One sun, one ocean.

Haul away, haul away,
Haul away children,
One sun, one ocean.

One sun, one ocean.
One sun, one ocean.
One sun, one ocean.
One sun, one ocean.

####.... Wade Hemsworth ©1957 ....####
See more songs by Wade Hemsworth.

The video above features a live performance by Mountain City Four: Montreal folksingers and songwriters Catherine (Kate) Frances McGarrigle [1946-2010] and Anna McGarrigle [b.1944] performing at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in 1992 with their sister Jane McGarrigle and brother-in-law Dane Lanken, Peter Weldon (singing), Joel Zifkin (violin), Danny Greenspoon (electric guitar), and Kit Johnson (bass), with an introduction by Wade Hemsworth.

Note: This song was written for a National Film Board production, Sea Weed: An Approach to Marine Agriculture. Wade Hemsworth notes in The Songs Of Wade Hemsworth, 1990, edited by Hugh Verrier, illustrations by Thoreau MacDonald, Penumbra Press, Waterloo, Ontario, that his final singing version has changed from what he originally performed for the film. (See below.)


Oh, my mother is the ocean sea,
My father is the sun;
Long time ago they made me,
Before time had begun.

Away, haul away children,
One sun, one ocean.

Tide waters changing
by quarters of the moon,
A-wash upon the shore,
Form a salty warm sea womb,
For men, diatoms and more.

Away, haul away children,
One sun, one ocean.

Oh, such a hungry, slithering tangle,
Of nameless ones a-suckling,
Midst random death clutches,
Random love nuzzling.

Away, haul away children,
One sun, one ocean.

So may sun shine on ocean sea,
May we flourish by knowing;
May sea mother find us,
Wherever the wind's a-blowing.

Away, haul away children,
One sun, one ocean.

Oh, my mother is the ocean sea.


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