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ABC of the Fishery

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A for the anchor that holds the gear down
B is for the boats on the wave they do pound
In the cold north Atlantic just off Newfoundland
In search of the codfish for this sea would stand
D for the draggers that makes our blood boil
When they cut down the limit to just half a mile
They're driving us back boys to fish along the shore
And there's coming a time when you'll fish here no more
E for the engines seen bigger each year
Volvo and Yamaha the best around here
But we don't need the power to catch the codfish
All we need is for someone to listen to this
F for the fishery that's going down grade
G for the government that took it away
We heard of the changes they were going to make
For the Newfoundland fishery is a little too late
H for the heartaches our families go through
When they see that there daddies do all they can do
I for the inshore fishery that's dead
J for the joke that it's becoming instead
K for the king of all liars we saw
When they sat in the big chair up in Ottawa
Telling them Newfoundland is already rich
While he jingle his pockets, says the hell with the rest
L for the loan board which breaths down our necks
Fifteen percent is not much of a chance
And a lot of tradition straighten up in the fall
M for the money, not enough for it all
N for the province of our Newfoundland
Forever a nation divided we stand
Out on the Grand Banks there's a city at sea
It's call over fishing or this hold will be
P for the promise, thicker and thin
It took us a while to get used to this
But we know that a child is burn dreads the fire
And the promise of work when it comes from a liar
We all know the next letter has to the Q
It stands for the quota they gave most to
The Russians, the Spaniards, Japanese and the French
The door has been opened and has not been closed since
R for restructure, what is it my son
R for restructure, what is it my son
R for restructure, what is it my son
We know it's needs escorts, for the statics they done
T for the tankers, in the refineries
They got enough problems without falling to the sea
U for the Union of Cashin and White
We all know their wrong but they think they are right
V for the very big mess that we're in
When we trust the promise of those two men
W for the winter and UIC game
X for the mark the old men write their name
To think he entitle to something he earn
While the young generation nothing in turn
Now come the closing of my ABC
I got them all rhymed except for the z
Now you might not like it, how I call the tell
But if you don't like my singing that to just darn bad

####....Wayne Bartlett....####

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{D} A for the anchor that {A} holds the gear {D} down
{G} B is for the boats on the wave they do {D} pound
{G} In the cold north Atlantic just of Newfound {D} land
{D} In search of the codfish {A} for this sea would {D} stand
{D} D for the draggers that {A} makes our blood {D} boil
{G} When they cut down the limit to just half a {D} mile
{G} They're driving us back boys to fish along the {D} shore
{D} And there's coming a time when you'll {A} fish here no {D} more
{D} E for the engines seen {A} bigger each {D} year
{G} Volvo and Yamaha the best around {D} here
{G} But we don't need the power to catch the {D} codfish
{D} All we need is for someone to {A} listen to {D} this
{D} F for the fishery that's {A} going down {D} grade
{G} G for the government that took it {D} away
{G} We heard of the changes they were going to {D} make
{D} For the Newfoundland fishery is a {A} little too {D} late
{D} H for the heartaches {A} our families go {D} through
{G} When they see that there daddies do all they can {D} do
{G} I for the inshore fishery that's {D} dead
{D} J for the joke that it's {A} becoming instead {D}
{D} K for the king of all {A} liars we {D} saw
{G} When they sat in the big chair up in {D} Ottawa
{G} Telling them Newfoundland is already {D} rich
{D} While he jingle his pockets, {A} says the hell with the {D} rest
{D} L for the loan board which {A} breaths down our {D} necks
{G} Fifteen percent is not much of a {D} chance
{G}And a lot of tradition straighten up in the {D} fall
{D} M for the money, not {A} enough for it {D} all
{D} N for the province of {A} our Newfound{D}land
{G} Forever a nation divided we {D} stand
{G} Out on the Grand Banks there's a city at {D} sea
{D} It's call over fishing or this {A} hold will {D} be
{D} P for the promise, {A} thicker and {D} thin
{G} It took us a while to get use to {D} this
{G} But we know that a child is burn dreads the {D} fire
{D} And the promise of work when it {A} comes from a {D} liar
{D} We all know the next letter {A} has to the {D} Q
{G} It stands for the quota they gave most {D} to
{G} The Russians, the Spaniards, Japanese and the {D} French
{D} The door has been opened and has {A}not been close {D} since
{D} R for restructure, {A} what is it my {D} son
{D} R for restructure, {A} what is it my {D} son
{D} R for restructure, {A} what is it my {D} son
{G} We know it's needs escorts, for the statics they {D}done
{G} T for the tankers, in the refineries {D}
{D} They got enough problems without {A} falling to the {D} sea
{D} U for the Union of {A} Cashin and {D} White
{G} We all know their wrong but they think they are {D} right
{G} V for the very big mess that were {D} in
{D} When we trust the promise of {A} those two {D} men
{D} W for the winter and {A} UIC {D} game
{G} X for the mark the old men write their {D} name
{G} To think he entitle to something he {D} earn
{D} While the young generation {A} nothing in {D} turn
{D} Now come the closing of my {A} ABC {D}
{G} I got them all rhymed except for the {D} z
{G} Now you might not like it, how I call the {D} tell
But if you don't like my singing that to {A} just darn {D} bad

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