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牋牋牋牋牋牋牋?牋牋牋?The Boats of Peter's River

牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋?牋牋牋牋牋??1995 Mary Garvey

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牋牋牋牋牋?Mary said "I wrote [this song]when I went back to Peter's River a few years ago.?I had worked on a whale research study there some years ago through the University of Newfoundland, and wanted to see it again.?This was after the collapse of the cod fishery in Newfoundland, and fishermen couldn't even go out and catch a few fish for their families."

牋牋牋牋牋?She added "The bit about shooting their boats is true.?A really bad storm came up while I was there, and the men did go and shoot their boats to sink them so they would survive the storm."?I dare you to try this at home?GB

牋牋牋牋牋?Mary Garvey is a Pacific Northwest songwriter with more than 50 songs to her credit.?She currently resides in Washington State.

 

Gordon ?12-string guitar

 

牋牋牋牋牋?Not a boat in Peter's River or in all St. Mary's Bay

牋牋牋牋?The fishermen in rubber boots are staying home today

牋牋牋牋?Hanging out the laundry, hang out in the store

牋牋牋牋?And the Little Boats of Newfoundland are idle on the shore*

牋牋牋牋?The men of Peter's River are just barely getting by

牋牋牋牋?And the boats of Peter's River have their bottoms to the sky

 

牋牋牋牋?The wives of Peter's River are taking up the slack

牋牋牋牋?Fisheries has ended and it's never coming back牋牋牋牋?

牋牋牋牋?Sell a little knitting, set some broody hens

牋牋牋牋?No sooner does a hard day end, another one begins

牋牋牋牋?The wives of Peter's River are too strong to sit and cry

牋牋牋牋?And the boats of Peter's River have their bottoms to the sky

 

牋牋牋牋?The boys of Peter's River are as bright as boys can be

牋牋牋牋?Their eyes are on the highway instead of on the sea

牋牋牋牋?Where their fathers went before them is not where they must go?o:p>

牋牋牋牋?And the fate of Peter's River is not for us to know

牋牋牋牋?牋牋牋牋?The boys of Peter's River are too young to wonder why

牋牋牋牋?牋牋牋牋?And the boats of Peter's River have their bottoms to the sky

 

牋牋牋牋?The storms of Peter's River have pounded us for years

牋牋牋牋?Crashing in the harbour and smashing up the piers

牋牋牋牋?We've ridden out these storms before by shooting at our boats

牋牋牋牋?But we know this storm is different, - and we cannot stay afloat

牋牋牋牋?牋牋牋牋?There's no nets in Peter's River laying out to dry

牋牋牋牋?And the boats of Peter's River have their bottoms to the sky.

 

* "Little Boats of Newfoundland" is the name of a Newfoundland song

?Sir Cavendish Boyle, Ode to Newfoundland:

牋牋牋牋?As loved our fathers, so we love/Where once they stood we stand

牋牋牋牋?This prayer we raise to Heaven above:/God guard thee Newfoundland

 

The Boats of Peter's River is recorded on Herrings in the Bay and is also in the songbook One to Sing, One to Haul

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