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牋牋牋牋牋牋牋?牋牋牋?Astoria Bar?

牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋?牋牋牋牋牋??997 Mary Garvey


牋牋牋牋牋?Mary grew up on the Columbia River between Washington and Oregon and knew the (primarily salmon) fisheries along its lower reaches.?A huge body of water comes down a broad estuary near Astoria, creating one of the most dangerous river-mouth bars in the world.?She says "This is just a fisherman put-putting down the river in a small boat on a day when the weather is very beautiful and the river is very blue.?I remember as a child in Astoria seeing these massive quantities of fish going up conveyor belts from the ships and almost being spat out.?The bit about rowing all night from Willapa Bay is straight out of a comment in a newspaper story?some woman said her grandfather had done that.?Sturdy people in these parts?still are; but the Finns were legendary."


January Men and Then Some

Gordon ?Spanish guitar

Forrest Sherman ?tin whistle


牋牋牋牋?It's not very far to Astoria's Bar

牋牋牋牋?But a very long journey it can be

牋牋牋牋?It can start at the mouth of the mighty blue river

牋牋牋牋?And end at the bottom of the sea


牋牋牋牋?牋牋牋牋?But the River still shines and shimmers in the light

牋牋牋牋?牋牋牋牋?As it did in our grandfathers' day

牋牋牋牋?牋牋牋牋?When they rowed all night and fished in the morning

牋牋牋牋?牋牋牋牋?And lived in Willapa Bay


牋牋牋牋?When the tide is rough so very, very rough

牋牋牋牋?So rough that you cannot stand

牋牋牋牋?It drives the little fish right into the nets

牋牋牋牋?And boats right into the sand


牋牋牋牋?In the wind and the rain, the labor and the pain

牋牋牋牋?We know what the fishing here is worth

牋牋牋牋?It's worth more than gold when they suck 'em from the hold

牋牋牋牋?It's worth all the treasures of the earth




Astoria Bar is recorded on the album Herrings in the Bay