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Fisherman's Lament (Great Big Sea) tabs, video
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I stand in my doorway as the moon rises high,
Over glorious ocean reflects the bright sky;
My heart it is aching so much I could die,
I've known only the ocean since I was a boy.

And I spent my whole life out there on the sea,
Some government bastard now takes it from me;
It's not just the fish, they've taken my pride,
I feel so ashamed that I just want to hide.

I fished with my father so long, long ago,
We were proud of our trade, and in us it did show;
We held our heads high, there was lots of fish then,
That was the time when we were proud men.

We challenged great storms and sometimes we won,
Faced death and disaster, we rose with the sun;
We worked and we toiled, we strained arm and brain,
We were a proud people, will we e'er be again?

And I spent my whole life out there on the sea,
Some government bastard now takes it from me;
It's not just the fish, they've taken my pride,
I feel so ashamed that I just want to hide.

My father is gone now, and the fish are gone too,
Abused and mis-managed, oh what can we do?
I'm too old to change, but what of my sons,
How will they know that we weren't the ones?

DFO regulations permitted the rape,
Of our beautiful ocean from headland to cape;
They brought in big trollers, they tore up our twine,
Politicians don't care for what's yours or what's mine!

And I spent my whole life out there on the sea,
Some government bastard now takes it from me;
It's not just the fish, they've taken my pride,
I feel so ashamed that I just want to hide.

You brave Newfoundlanders, now listen to me,
Shove the package to hell, go back to the sea;
If we don't stand our ground, we will fade away,
And the bones of our fathers will turn into clay.

And I spent my whole life out there on the sea,
Some government bastard now takes it from me;
It's not just the fish, they've taken my pride,
I feel so ashamed that I just want to die.

Back to the sea.

Back to the sea.

####.... Ed McCann of Gull Island, Conception Bay, NL, father of Séan McCann of Great Big Sea ....####
This variant was recorded by Great Big Sea (Great Big Sea, trk#6, 1993, NRA Productions, St John's NL, recorded at Piper Stock Studios, Torbay, Newfoundland).

See more songs by Great Big Sea.

DFO - Department Of Fisheries And Oceans (Canada).

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Intro: [D] [A] [G] [A] [D] [A] [G] [D]
I [D] stand in my [A] doorway, as the [G] moon rises [A] high,
Over [D] glorious [A] ocean, [G] reflects the bright [A] sky;
My [D] heart it is [A] aching, so [G] much I could [A] die,
I've [D] known only the [A] ocean, since [G] I was a [A] boy.

Chorus:
And I [D] spent my whole [A] life, out [G] there on the [D] sea,
Some government [A] bastard now [G] takes it from [A] me;
It's [D] not just the [A] fish, they've [G] taken my [D] pride,
I feel so [A] ashamed that I [G] just want to [D] hide.
[D] [A] [G] [A] [D] [A] [G] [D]

I [D] fished with my [A] father so [G] long, long [A] ago,
We were [D] proud of our [A] trade, and in [G] us it did [A] show;
We [D] held our heads [A] high, there was [G] lots of fish [A] then,
[D] That was the [A] time when [G] we were proud [A] men.

We [D] challenged great [A] storms and [G] sometimes we [A] won,
Faced [D] death and dis- [A] aster, we [G] rose with the [A] sun;
We [D] worked and we [A] toiled, we [G] strained arm and [A] brain,
We [D] were a proud [A] people, will [G] we ere be [A] again?

Chorus:
And I [D] spent my whole [A] life out [G] there on the [D] sea,
Some government [A] bastard now [G] takes it from [A] me;
It's [D] not just the [A] fish, they've [G] taken my [D] pride,
I feel so [A] ashamed that I [G] just want to [D] hide.
[D] [A] [G] [A] [D] [A] [G] [D]

My [D] father is [A] gone now, and the [G] fish are gone [A] too,
A- [D] bused and mis- [A] managed, oh [G] what can we [A] do?
I'm [D] too old to [A] change, but [G] what of my [A] sons,
How [D] will they [A] know that [G] we weren't the [A] ones?

DF- [D] O regul- [A] ations per- [G] mitted the [A] rape,
Of [D] our beautiful [A] ocean from [G] headland to [A] cape;
They [D] brought in big [A] trollers, they [G] tore up our [A] twine,
Poli- [D] tians don't [A] care for what's [G] yours or what's [A] mine!

Chorus
I [D] spent my whole [A] life out [G] there on the [D] sea,
Some government [A] bastard now [G] takes it from [A] me;
It's [D] not just the [A] fish, they've [G] taken my [D] pride,
I feel so [A] ashamed that I [G] just want to [D] hide.
[D] [A] [G] [A] [D] [A] [G] [D]

You [D] brave Newfound- [A] landers, now [G] listen to [A] me,
Shove the [D] package to [A] hell, go [G] back to the [A] sea;
If we [D] don't stand our [A] ground, we [G] will fade a- [A] way,
And the [D] bones of our [A] fathers will [G] turn in the [A] clay.

Chorus:
I [D] spent my whole [A] life out [G] there on the [D] sea,
Some government [A] bastard now [G] takes it from [A] me;
It's [D] not just the [A] fish, they've [G] taken my [D] pride,
I feel so [A] ashamed that I [G] just want to [D] die.
[D] [A] [G] [A] [D] [A] [G] [D]

Back to the sea. x2 (Very low in outro fade chords.)

~ Chords contributed by Bob Dumais ~


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