Have You Ever? (Oceans Away)

Have you ever sat down on a beach
and watched the capelin roll?
Have you ever seen the sun touch the sea,
it's beauty to behold?
And the sound of the Six Acadia,
a sound that is so grand?
Have you ever felt the cool sea breeze
as it blows in on the land?

Have you ever walked down by a rattling brook
with its water so crystal clear,
And stopped and listened to the wild birds sing,
it's music to your ear;
Have you ever stood beside a quiet pond
and watched the evening fall,
And watched the great loon come gliding in
and listen to her lonesome call?

Have you ever heard a sharp axe scream
on a cool crisp autumn morn,
As it readies fine spruce for firewood
that will keep you oh so warm?
And to feel the blessed heat from an old woodstove
as the oven door slowly came down,
With damper dogs cooking on the top,
no better treat sure could be found.

I miss my grandmother humming a hymn
as she knitted in her rocking chair,
And my grandfather's deep blue eyes
as he told me of yesteryear;
I'm soon going back to my hometown
and no more will I roam,
So many places I've hung my hat
but Newfoundland was always my home.
So many places I've hung my hat
but Newfoundland was always my home.

####.... Oceans Away of St John's and Winterton, Trinity Bay, NL ....####
Recorded by Oceans Away (Memories Of Home, Mile Stump Productions, recorded, mastered and produced at RJR Studios).

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From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Capelin (Caplin) - small, iridescent deep-water fish (Mallotus villosus) like a smelt which, followed by the cod, appears inshore during June and July to spawn along the beaches, and is netted for bait, for manuring the fields, or dried, salted, smoked, or frozen for eating.

From antique engine buff, John Archibald, regarding the Six Acadia:
The Acadia engines were made in Nova Scotia from about 1905 to 1970. They are cast iron two-stroke gasoline engines meant for powering small fishing boats used on the inshore fishery. There were several sizes, 4, 5, 6 and 8 horsepower. There may have been a 3 horsepower engine, but I'm not sure. The six (horsepower) Acadia would have been a very common size. A small boat is easily driven by one of these very reliable engines at a very good clip. The sound they make going out the harbour in the early morning hours is like this: pock, pock, pock, pock, pock.


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