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If God Made Heaven Here (John Hollohan) video
#5: YouTube video by Gerry Malone
℗2007 ~ Used with permission ~

I was born down by the ocean
Where the breakers roll to wash upon the shore,
I have sailed the peaceful waters
From St John's to the coast of Labrador;
Where the star-filled nights and the Northern Lights
Are God-created wonders to my eyes,
And the splendour that surrounds me there
Fills my patriotic heart with pride.

As the morning fog is lifting
To reveal each picturesque and quiet cove,
Gentle people go about their day
Greeting every one they meet with love;
The sunlit water, like a mirror,
Reflects the natural beauty all around,
And transforms it to crimson in the evening
When that golden sun goes down.

Oh, the sun is coming up and her beauty
It unfolds before my eyes,
Oh, tell me I'm not dreaming, Lord,
Can this really be Paradise?
I can see the blue Atlantic gently push its waves
To kiss the rocks and sand,
And if God made heaven here on earth
I'm sure that he would call it Newfoundland.

I have walked through fishing villages
Where people meet and greet you like a friend,
You will never be a stranger there
For friendly folk will want to ask you in;
If they're sitting at the table
They'll be glad to make an extra place for you,
It's like an old tradition there
And something that they surely love to do.

I have left my home and family
To travel 'cross this country far and wide,
And the tear-filled eyes and sad goodbyes
Have always left me all choked up inside;
But I usually end up going back
Like I've done so many other times before,
And the miles I've put between us
Only make me want to love her even more.

Oh, the sun is coming up and her beauty
It unfolds before my eyes,
Oh, tell me I'm not dreaming, Lord,
Can this really be Paradise?
I can see the blue Atlantic gently push its waves
To kiss the rocks and sand,
And if God made heaven here on earth
I'm sure that he would call it Newfoundland.

####.... John Hollohan ©1995. Performance rights administered by SOCAN. All rights reserved ....####
Recorded at HB Studios, Victoria, BC, by John Hollohan (Back In Time, 2003 CD, trk#11, Sweet Bay Music, Victoria, BC).

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