#03204
The Fisherman's Song (Bobby Evans) video
#1950: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

He sits on the stage head with a pipe in his hand,
He stares out to sea, he tries to understand;
With a face that's had its share
of the salt and the sun,
He remembers the hard times,
he remembers the fun.

The old fishing schooners
once sailed here with pride,
The old-timer said as I sat by his side;
Are they all gone forever? I hear myself ask,
He said, son, the sails are a thing of the past.

Mist on the water, songs from the wind,
The creek of the mast as she swings 'round again;
Stories are many from a time that is long,
There's sadness and joy in a fisherman's song.

Spoken:
He said, son, let me tell you of someone long ago,
A brave man, a skipper, a friend I used to know;
We were sailing back from the French Shore,
'Twas the last trip for the fall;
Nineteen hundred cantals in the hold,
When we struck that fearful squall.

The mainsail beat the rope
when that southeaster hit,
The sea pounded our schooner,
and every man was on deck;
I saw the skipper clinging
to that wheel with pride,
A crashing wave swept where he stood,
he was pulled o'er the side.

We managed to hang on to whatever we could,
We called out his name but it was no good;
When the sea lost its fury
we searched and searched for days,
Watched every ripple, we combed every wave.

Sung:
I guess you're wondering why
I have this faraway look,
But the sails and the sea
was every breath that we took;
That feeling of emptiness will always remain,
Spoken:
You see, I never, ever saw my father again.

Sung:
Mist on the water, songs from the wind,
The creek of the mast as she swings 'round again;
Stories are many from a time that is long,
There's sadness and joy in a fisherman's song.
Yes, there's sadness and joy in a fisherman's song.

####.... Bobby Evans (Fred Rowsell), Vaughn Rowsell (Lee Vaughn) and Margaret Rowsell ....####
Recorded by Bobby Evans of Glovertown, NL (Irish Newfoundland Favourites, Vol. 2, trk#6, 1999 CD, produced and arranged by Vaughn Rowsell, and recorded at Top Sound Recording Studio).

From the Dictionary of Newfoundland English:
Cantal also quintal, kental, kintal - hundredweight (112 pounds); measure of cod-fish caught by fishermen.
Stage Head - end of a fishing stage which extends over the water where fish is landed.


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