Draggerman (Scott Rowsell) video
#1309: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
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Through the fog and the mist,
through the rain and the sleet,
The waves slashed the bow
from the storm of last week;
That's the life of a deckhand
when you leave the land,
That's the life,
that's the life of a proud draggerman.

I'm home with the missus when I get a call,
They're leavin' tomorrow with the midwater trawl,
The children don't know why I'm leavin' again,
They don't understand I'm an old draggerman.

At six in the mornin' I haul in the line,
Steam out to sea with my home left behind;
With Godspeed in ten days I'll see them again,
Because I'm a sea-going old draggerman.

Thirty-six hours after she sails,
I roll from the bunk at the skipper's three bells;
I head for the deck with my oilskins again,
Because that's the life of an old draggerman.

We must roll out the cod rings
and shackle the doors,
Look out for the blocks and the cables, he roars;
He'll drag for four hours and hope all we can,
Fifty thousand is nice for an old draggerman.

Well, it's just one more set
and we're steaming for home,
For thirty-six hours you feel so alone;
Forty-eight hours layover again,
It's a seafarin' life of a proud draggerman.

It's a seafarin' life of a proud draggerman.

####.... L Sturge and N Squires ....####
Recorded by Scott Rowsell (Draggerman / Scott Rowsell and Aquarius, trk#6, 1974, Audat Records, Oshawa, Ontario, recorded at MUN Studio, St John's, NL, Fivetake Group Productions Ltd, engineered by Ron Duclos).

From the Dictionary of Newfoundland English:
Doors - sections of the box-like net structure placed to permit fish to enter.
Midwater - relating to fishing gear operated at intermediate depths of water.

From Princeton University's WordNet:
Dragger - trawler; a fishing boat that uses a trawl net or dragnet to catch fish.
Godspeed - successful journey.
Trawl - dragnet; trawl net; a conical fishnet dragged through the water at great depths.

From Wikipedia:
Shackle - commercial grade trawling chain shackles are inexpensive 1/4 inch, u-shaped pieces of metal secured with a pin or bolt across the opening used for applications such as connecting trawl net doors, but not for bearing critical loads.


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