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The Land God Gave To Cain

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Long before the white man came to haul the shining cod
When the wild and stately caribou traversed the snow-clad sod
The native man he walked these hills and he fished the silvery lakes
Content with what the land would yield not one bit more would take

But soon the word it was put out to every country
For to find a northern passage from the sea to the shining sea
And the first to come were trappers then the men of God who preached
That they would return in hundredfold an equal share to each

For years the men of Newfoundland those fishermen so poor
Sent down each year in springtime for to fish on the Labrador
But soon the fish they were all gone with the fur it was the same
And the native suffered silently in the land God gave to Cain

The years went by, and as time passed the companies moved in
For ore, and wood, and the hydro power the struggle it did begin
And the working men on both sides tried to live their lives the same
And the native suffered silently in the land God gave to Cain

But now it's for the future both sides do shed a tear
For the old ways they are passing like the caribou and hare
And now they all are wondering If it was all in vain
And the native suffers silently in the land God gave to Cain

####.... Pat and Joe Byrne and Clyde Rose ....####

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Notes On Guitar Tabs:
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All guitar tabs have been contributed by visitors to this site and represent
their interpretation of the tune. I am unable to verify their accuracy.

{D}Long before the white man came to {C}haul the {G}shining {D}cod
When the wild and stately caribou {G}traversed the snow-clad {A}sod
{D}The native man he walked these hills and he {G}fished the silvery {A}lakes
{D}Content with what the land would yield {C}not one bit {G}more would {D}take

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