To Sadie From Newfoundland (Steve Key)

I wanted to say hello, Sadie,
'Cause lately I've been thinking of you;
I haven't been much of a grandson,
And you'll be 91 on your birthday soon.
I learned some of your favorites by Hank Snow,
About all the girls he'd known
and the places he'd been;
With the travellin' I do it can be just the same,
I learn all the names and forget them.

I fade away on the Interstate,
Is it too late to be stopping by?
I fade away but I don't forget,
I don't want to let you go and just fade away.

I remember how you'd travel in the summer time,
To the Maritimes up in Newfoundland,
To the scattered remains of your family,
Who only know of me from your photographs.
And all I know of them is just the headlines,
I hear it's hard times for the fisherman;
Did my great-grandfather work the fisheries?
Would you tell me when I see you again?

I fade away like the cod stock,
And the empty docks I have never seen;
I fade away in a memory,
Do you think of me in those pictures
that all fade away?

I could take you for a visit back to Brooklyn,
Where you huddled in with all the refugees;
I know you'd love to go and see the Mets play,
And after the game would you talk to me?
I want to hear all about the young girl,
From the old world, in the simpler time,
Long before the lay-offs and the fishing bans,
In the Newfoundland I may someday find.

I fade away like I've always been -
The American with a busy life; I fade away;
Before I lose the tie, take me back in time,
Before it all fades away.

####.... Steve Key, ©2000 ....####

Recorded by Steve Key (Scatter Seeds, trk#4, 2001)


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