#03137
North Shore (Bruce Moss) video
#1836: YouTube video by outportoutlaw
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

As I gaze out at the ocean,
I see dark clouds chokin' the sky,
And the cold north wind is blowin' in,
But the seabirds no longer fly;
And the waves roll in on the seashore,
Like they've done since the earth began,
But the water's not clear,
There's a smell in the air;
How much can this poor earth stand?
How much more can this poor earth stand?

And the fishing boats no longer float,
They've been beached up on the sand,
All the nets are torn and need mending,
But no one will lend a hand;
'Cause the fishermen have abandoned them,
Their cod traps and their jigs,
They have left their homes and their families,
To work on the oil rigs;
To work on the oil rigs.

And the oil flows from the ocean floor,
A million barrels a day,
And they say the odds are ten to one,
That it will spill into the bay;
But we've seen what happened in Mexico,
And when two oil tankers collide,
The white, sandy beaches have drank this oil,
And all the birds have died,
And all the birds have died.

This rich, black gold has taken its toll,
On the land and in the sea,
And my children often ask me,
How things used to be;
When the seabirds flew and the waters were blue,
And the waves washed the white sand,
And the cod trap lines and jiggers,
Were used by the fishermen,
Were used by the fishermen.

As I gaze out at the ocean,
I see dark clouds chokin' the sky,
And the cold north wind is blowin' in,
On the seabirds no longer flying;
And the waves roll in on the seashore,
Like they've done since the earth began,
But the water's not clear,
There's a smell in the air;
How much can this poor earth stand?
How much more can this poor earth stand?

####.... Bruce Moss of Portugal Cove, NL © Performance rights administered by SOCAN. All right reserved ....####
Recorded by Bruce Moss (The Islander, trk#4, 1982, Quay Records [1976-1983] Stephenville, NL, produced by Moss/Bishop/Caines, recorded at Clode Sound Studios, Stephenville, NL).

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