No More Fish, No Fishermen (Sheldon Posen)
MIDI, video
#1337: YouTube video by wastrauss
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~


Out along the harbour reach,
Boats stand dried up on the beach;
Ghost-like in the early dawn,
Empty, now the fish are gone.

What will become of people now?
Try to build a life somehow;
Hard, hard times are back again,
No more fish, no fishermen.

No more shoppers in the stores,
Since the fish plant closed its doors;
Men who walked a trawler's decks,
Now line up for welfare cheques.

There's big "For Sale" signs everywhere,
Pockets empty, cupboards bare;
See it on the news at ten,
No more fish, no fishermen.

Once from Ship Cove to Cape Race,
Port aux Basques to Harbour Grace,
Newfoundlanders fished for cod,
Owing merchants, trusting God.

They filled their dories twice a day,
They fished their poor sweet lives away;
They could not imagine then,
No more fish, no fishermen.

Back before the Second War,
We could catch our fish inshore;
Boats were small and gear was rough,
We caught fish, but left enough.

And now there's no more fish because,
The trawler fleets took all there was;
We could see it coming then,
No more fish, no fishermen.

Farewell now to stage and flake,
Get out for the children's sake;
Leave all friends and kin behind,
Take whatever job you find.

There's some that say things aren't so black,
They say the fish will all come back;
Who'll be here to catch them then?
No more fish, no fishermen.

####.... Words: I Sheldon Posen, Music: John Goss (©1996 Well Done Music, BMI) ....####
The video above features a performance by All Hands led by Caryl P Weiss accompanied by John Roberts at the 2010 Chicago Maritime Festival at the Chicago History Museum.

From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Flake - platform built on poles and spread with boughs for drying cod-fish on the foreshore.
Stage - elevated platform on the shore with working tables, sheds, etc, where fish are landed and processed for salting and drying, and fishing gear and supplies are stored; fishing stage.


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