#03451
This Is My Island
   (Wayne S Morgan) video
#2272: YouTube video
by NLTreasure ℗2013
~ Used with permission ~

I am a proud fisherman
who fished on the Grand Banks,
And the old salt water
it's in my soul;
But I've had to leave it since
they closed down the fishery,
Now I'm far away
from the old fishing shoals.

I went out to Alberta
to work Fort McMurray,
But each day I dreamt
of my Newfoundland home;
Those dear outport people
they live in my memory,
And I've lost everything
but the love of my home.

Oh, this is my island,
the place I was born in,
And though I am far away,
it's in my soul;
My feet have wandered
to far off Alberta,
But my heart's back home
still in old Newfoundland
.

In dreams I go back there
to the hills in the harbour,
And I think of the life
that I spent in the bay;
But the times have changed now,
and my heart still ponders,
Those days in my memory
as if yesterday.

Someday I'm going back there
to the place my heart yearns for,
On that beautiful island
surrounded by sea;
And never again then
will I ever leave it,
That old Newfoundland home
that's been so dear to me.

'Cause this is my island,
the place I was born in,
And though I am far away,
it's in my soul;
My feet have wandered
to far off Alberta,
But my heart's back home
still in old Newfoundland.
Yes, my heart's back home
still in old Newfoundland
.

###... Wayne S Morgan ...###
This original song was written and recorded by Wayne S Morgan of Port de Grave, NL (This Is My Island, trk#1, 2005 CD, Sawyer Hill Productions, Placentia, NL, produced and arranged by Kevin Collins, published and distributed by Wayne S Morgan).

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From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Outport - bay or harbour other than the chief port of St John's; the inhabited coastal strip or settlement of such an inlet of the sea; out-harbour.

From Wikipedia
Fort McMurray Tar Pits - (also known as the Athabasca tar sands) are large deposits of bitumen, or extremely heavy crude oil, located in northeastern Alberta, Canada - roughly centred around the boomtown of Fort McMurray. These oil sands, hosted in the McMurray Formation, consist of a mixture of crude bitumen (a semi-solid form of crude oil), silica sand, clay minerals, and water. The Athabasca deposit is the largest reservoir of crude bitumen in the world and the largest of three major oil sands deposits in Alberta, along with the nearby Peace River and Cold Lake deposits. Together, these oil sand deposits lie under 141,000 square kilometres (54,000 sq mi) of sparsely populated boreal forest and muskeg (peat bogs) and contain about 1.7 trillion barrels of bitumen in-place, comparable in magnitude to the world's total proven reserves of conventional petroleum.

Grand Banks - group of underwater plateaus southeast of Newfoundland on the North American continental shelf. These areas are relatively shallow, ranging from 80 to 330 feet (24-100 m) in depth. The cold Labrador Current mixes with the warm waters of the Gulf Stream here. The mixing of these waters and the shape of the ocean bottom lifts nutrients to the surface. These conditions helped to create one of the richest fishing grounds in the world. Fish species include Atlantic cod, sword fish, haddock, and capelin. Shellfish include scallop and lobster. The area also supports large colonies of sea birds such as northern gannets, shearwaters, and sea ducks, and various sea mammals such as seals, whales and dolphins. In addition to the effects on nutrients, the mixing of the cold and warm currents often causes fog in the area
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