#00086
Thank God We're Surrounded By Water (Morrissey) videos
See also: Thank God We're Surrounded By Water (Nolan)
#2081: YouTube video by NLTreasure
©2012 ~ Used with permission ~

I'll tell you a tale about Newfoundland dear,
We haven't got money or riches to spare;
But we can be thankful for one small affair,
Thank God we're surrounded by water.

The sea, oh the sea, the wonderful sea,
Long may she roll between people and me;
And everyone here should get down on one knee,
Thank God we're surrounded by water.

But the Englishmen came from Land's End to John o' Groat's,
They came over to ride our colonial goat;
We'd have eight million more, but they didn't have boats,
Thank God we're surrounded by water.

The sea, oh the sea, the wonderful sea,
Long may she roll between people and me;
And everyone here should get down on one knee,
Thank God we're surrounded by water.

Some visitors tasted our Newfoundland screech,
Tipped up the bottle, drank six ounces each;
And they let out a yell as they ran for our beach,
Thank God we're surrounded by water.

The sea, oh the sea, the wonderful sea,
Long may she roll between people and me;
And everyone here should get down on one knee,
Thank God we're surrounded by water.

Now, Bessie Joe Kemp took her horse for a ride,
She ripped her old bloomers way up the left side;
And she hung them to dry on the beach at low tide,
Oh, thank God we're surrounded by water.

The sea, oh the sea, the wonderful sea,
Long may she roll between Bessie and me;
And everyone here should get down on one knee,
Thank God we're surrounded by water.

The French in Quebec want a separate state,
Including our own Labrador, just you wait;
They came down to Bell Isle, but they can't walk our Strait,
Thank God we're surrounded by water.

The sea, oh the sea, the wonderful sea,
Long may she roll between people and me;
And everyone here should get down on one knee,
Thank God we're surrounded by water.

Now Joey was God, said the Liberal bunch,
One day on our harbour he walked after lunch;
But he couldn't quite make that old Galilee stunt,
Thank God we're surrounded by water.

The sea, oh the sea, the wonderful sea,
Long may she roll between Joey and me;
And everyone here should get down on one knee,
Thank God we're surrounded by water.
Thank God we're surrounded by water.

####.... Tom Cahill of St John's, NL [1928-2006] ....####
malachy1847 reminded GEST on YouTube that the original tune for this parody was written by Dominic Behan with lyrics about the imperial nature of the British in relation to Ireland.

Home Brew was a satirical revue produced by Tom Cahill first in Corner Brook in 1958 and performed by the Playmakers. After ten revues in Corner Brook, Cahill moved to St John's and began an east coast version.

This variant recorded by Joan Morrissey (Home Brew, trk#2, 1973, Marathon Music Inc, Toronto, Ontario); and a posthumous tribute album (Memories, trk#1, 1980 LP, The Great Canadian Music Co, Toronto, Ontario); and re-released on CD in 2000 by Heritage Music, Newmarket, Ontario.


See more songs by Joan Morrissey.

A variant was recorded by Ray Broderick from Freshwater and Victoria, NL (The True Newfoundlander, trk#9, 1974 LP, Buckshot Records, Toronto, Ontario, produced by Wally Pynn and recorded at Echo Studios, St John's, NL

A variant was also recorded by Jean Pardy from Bonavista, NL (Let It Shine, trk#8, 1974 LP, Marathon Music Incorporated, Toronto, Ontario, produced by Doug Taylor and recorded at Thunder Sound, Toronto, Ontario).

Chuck Simms from Grand Bank, Burin Peninsula also recorded a variant (More Than Yesterday, trk#7, 2000 Cassette, recorded at Stan Young's Studio, Toronto, Ontario, and independently produced.

A variant was also recorded by the Government Rams (Good Work - If You Can Get It! trk#7, 2001 CD, produced by Chris Andrews, St John's, NL).

And a variant was recorded by Shanneyganock (Fling Out The Flag trk#10, 2006 CD, produced by Bob Hallett for Shanneyganock, Logy Bay, NL).


See more songs by Shanneyganock.

A variant was arranged and recorded by Dick Nolan as Thank God We're Surrounded By Water (Home Again This Year, trk#9, 1973 LP, RCA Records, Toronto, Ontario, produced by Jack Feeney and recorded at Audio Atlantic Studios, Halifax, Nova Scotia); and (The Best Of Dick Nolan, trk#15, 2005 CD, Sony BMG, Toronto, Ontario, re-issue producer Andrew Lindsey)

See more songs by Dick Nolan.

From the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary: John o' Groat's - a locality in North Scotland popularly considered the most north-easterly settlement in mainland Britain.

From Wikipedia:
Joseph R (Joey) Smallwood [1900-1991] - first premier of Newfoundland, 1949-1972, representing the Liberal Party.
Land's End - a headland in Cornwall, England, the most westerly tip of the southern mainland. The name has a particular resonance because it is so often used in outlining the length of Britain when races, walks and charitable events take place between Land's End and the Scottish village John o' Groats (the most north-easterly settlement in mainland Britain). The phrase Land's End to John o' Groats is used both as a literal journey and as a metaphor for great or all-encompassing distance, similar to the American phrase coast to coast.


#327: YouTube video by xxeebbk
©2008 ~ Used with permission ~


line

Index Page
GEST Songs Of Newfoundland And Labrador



line

~ Copyright Info ~

~ Privacy Policy ~

Confirm Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional Here