#02979
All Roads Lead To The Sea
    (Roustabout) video

#1485: YouTube video
by rstarkes1 ℗2009
~ Used with permission ~

There's a craggy old
face in a rock wall,
Carved by the surf, so forlorn,
It looks down on a stark revelation
And is palled by a sea that intones:
Send me your strong
and brave hearted,
But expect no clemency for,
Ye who are old will tally the toll
Of those who have
gone from your shore.

She delivers with reckless abandon,
No distinction for young or the old,
She'll exhibit her power,
and envelop her prey,
And welcome them into her fold;
Yet we face her with
steadfast defiance
As we follow our ancestors' plea,
Resolute in our plan
to live in this land
Where all roads lead to the sea
.

Small difference what
skill we apply there,
Be it fish or the seals or the oil,
Nor the road we have
taken to get there,
'Tis the place we have chosen to toil;
Together we lean to
the great chore ahead,
Unconscious to perils, to odds,
We have braved the cold deep
her treasures to reap,
To soar on the brine with the gods.

She delivers with reckless abandon,
No distinction for young or the old,
She'll exhibit her power,
and envelop her prey,
And welcome them into her fold;
Yet we face her with
steadfast defiance
As we follow our ancestors' plea,
Resolute in our plan
to live in this land
Where all roads lead to the sea
.

For centuries the trend has endured,
Seafarers have answered the call,
Not knowing what lies o'er the ocean,
Oh nay, oh no, not at all;
New horizons just
lie there yet calling,
The adventure a signal to go,
When her arms do reach o'er
to corral from the shore,
All become one with her soul.

She delivers with reckless abandon,
No distinction for young or the old,
She'll exhibit her power,
and envelop her prey
And welcome them into her fold;
Yet we face her with
steadfast defiance,
As we follow our ancestors' plea,
Resolute in our plan
to live in this land
Where all roads lead to the sea.
Resolute in our plan
to live in this land
Where all roads lead to the sea
.

####.... Robert Starkes ©2009 Performance rights administered by SOCAN. All Rights Reserved ....####
Recorded by Roustabout of LaScie, NL (All Roads Lead To The Sea, 2010 CD, trk#3, Independent, recorded at Sweet Music Studios, Springdale, NL).

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Liner notes: This song was written after helicopter flight 491 plunged into the icy March waters of the North Atlantic taking with it all hands, save one miracle. Not only does it pay homage to those men and women, it is also a tribute to the generations of men and women who have ever gone to sea; and especially to ALL of those who have not come home. We know you are still with us in spirit.... up there in heaven; and that, likely, if you're true Newfoundlanders, you desperately want to come home.

From Wikipedia:
Cougar Helicopters Flight 91 (also known as Flight 491) ditched on 12 March 2009 off the coast of Newfoundland 55 kilometres (34 mi) east-southeast of St John's en route to the SeaRose FPSO (Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessel) located in the White Rose oil and gas field, approximately 350 kilometres (217 mi) east-southeast off the coast of Newfoundland in the North Atlantic Ocean. Only one of the eighteen people aboard survived the sinking, although another managed to exit the aircraft
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