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When The Last Ship Comes Sailing In
(Calvin Hillier) video
#2011: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

The news has come down that we dreaded to hear,
And the fish plant will now close its doors;
And the life as we knew it for so many years,
Will never return anymore.

I fished on the Banks and I fished on the shore,
Like my father had fished them before;
And the living we made though sometimes was hard,
Now the fish just aren't there anymore.

Oh, look at her sway as she gets underway,
With the bow heading into the wind;
And the sun will go down on my little hometown,
When the last ship comes sailing in.

Oh, brave men are we who fish this whole sea,
Our wives and our families to keep;
And many a shipmate and many a friend,
Will never return from the deep.

We'll sit on the pier and drink one last beer,
With friends we may ne'er see again;
We'll say our goodbyes as the tears fill our eyes,
While the last ship comes sailing in.

Oh, look at her sway as she gets underway,
With the bow heading into the wind;
And the sun will go down on my little hometown,
When the last ship comes sailing in.
We'll say our goodbyes while the tears fill our eyes,
For the last ship is sailing in.

####.... Calvin Hillier [1960-2002] ....####
Recorded by Calvin Hillier (When The Last Ship Comes Sailing In, 1996).

From Memorial University's Heritage site:
Economic Impacts Of the Cod Moratorium - On 2 July 1992, the Canadian government imposed a moratorium on the Northern cod fishery along the country's east coast. Decades of over-fishing had severely depleted cod stocks and government officials hoped the moratorium would allow the species to rebuild. The closure ended almost 500 years of fishing activity in Newfoundland and Labrador, where it put about 30,000 people out of work. Fish plants closed, boats remained docked, and hundreds of coastal communities that had depended on the fishery for generations watched their economic and cultural mainstay disappear overnight.



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