Another Empty House (Wince Coles) video
#2027: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

You never thought you'd see the day,
When you'd hear the neighbours say:
"Godspeed; come back again, once in a while."
You look back as you leave the drive,
It's hard to see through tear-filled eyes,
And voices seem to call
inside another empty house.

Who could have known how it would end,
But one life stops and one begins,
The future's never written down in stone;
The ocean gave more than it should,
Man's greed turned bad what once was good,
Now all that's left is painted wood,
just another empty house.

It's a good thing you can take with you,
The memories that will help you through,
What lies ahead, whatever road you walk;
And the photographs that for years you've saved,
Presents that your best friends gave,
It seems your life is in some cardboard box.

Soon there's nothing left but swinging gates,
And fences that's just rotting stakes.
And weeds where flowers
used to bloom each spring;
Heaving floors and crumbling walls,
And sagging ceilings in the hall,
From God's eye a tear will fall
for another empty house.

But don't forget your roots, my friend,
And how you made your mark within,
The hearts of all who've
known you through the years;
Just stop and look, and you will find,
So much of you is locked in time,
And you'll be leaving more behind
than another empty house.

####.... Wince Coles ....####
Recorded by Wince Coles of Carmanville, NL (Love Of A Child, trk#5, 1994 Cassette, Independent, manufactured by SWC Productions, English Harbour West, NL).

See more songs by Ellis & Wince Coles.

The video below features an excellent cover performance by Jack Adams of Russell, Manitoba.

#2389: YouTube video by Jack Adams
©2013 ~ Used with permission ~
From Memorial University's Heritage site:
Economic Impacts Of the Cod Moratorium - On 2 July 1992, the Canadian government imposed a moratorium on the Northern cod fishery along the country's east coast. Decades of over-fishing had severely depleted cod stocks and government officials hoped the moratorium would allow the species to rebuild. The closure ended almost 500 years of fishing activity in Newfoundland and Labrador, where it put about 30,000 people out of work. Fish plants closed, boats remained docked, and hundreds of coastal communities that had depended on the fishery for generations watched their economic and cultural mainstay disappear overnight.


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