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Saltwater Hands (Ralph Martin) video
#980: YouTube video by Jason R Martin
©2017 ~ Used with permission ~

As I sit on the edge of the shore
gazing out through the harbour,
Watching the foam on the waves
make its mark on the sand;
I can't help but think of
the days of our forefathers,
How they carved out a living
by working the sea and the land.
There was always a fish on the flake
and a fish on the table,
And the work it was plenty
from sunup until sundown;
But those days are gone and
I can't help but sit here and wonder,
With no fish to catch,
what will happen to our little town?

Oh the whitecaps are calling,
they're calling me back to the sea,
But the fishery is dying and
there's nothing left here now for me;
The plants are all closing and
it's changing all our future plans,
And they've left us with nothing to do
with these salt water hands.

~ Reprise ~

Oh it took many years on the sea
to build my home around me,
My family and friends were
never too far from my side;
But I guess I'll be heading out west
to put food on the table,
There's nothing to do but to change
with the roll of the tide.
Now the fog horn is wailing and
the fog is sure coming in fast,
As I take one more look 'cross
the harbour and think of the past;
And the ghosts of our forefathers
calls out to me 'cross the land,
As I wipe away tears from my face
with these saltwater hands.

Oh the whitecaps are calling,
they're calling me back to the sea,
But the fishery is dying and
there's nothing left here now for me;
The plants are all closing and
it's changing all our future plans,
They've left us with nothing
to do with these salt water hands.

What will happen to those
Newfoundlanders with saltwater hands?

####.... Ralph Martin, from the album Our Newfoundland, ©2017 by JRMM Publishing Inc. All rights reserved ....####

The video above features the singing of Jason R Martin with Jason's father and the song's author, Ralph Martin.

From the Dictionary of Newfoundland English:
Flake - platform built on poles and spread with boughs for drying cod-fish on the foreshore.


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