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Sea of No Cares

When you're in love there's no time and no space
There's a permanent smile on your face
Your friends all complain that you're going insane
But the truth is they're just afraid

Chorus:
Hey (hey) hey somewhere
You threw your fear in the sea of no cares
Hey (hey) hey somewhere
You threw your fear in the sea of no cares

When you decide that what counts is inside
Your friends all say it's a lie
But there's no brighter light than the look in her eyes
When you're walking her home through the night

Chorus

Let yourself go with the tide
There's an angel by your side
Tonight
Throw your fear in the sea

Back at the bar getting cynically stoned
Your friends are drinking alone
But it's funny 'cause they don't even cross your mind
When she asks you into her home

Chorus

You threw your fear in the sea (2x)

Penelope

Every day

Penelope works in the market
Down in the coconut trees
She's saving up all her money
To go to America across the sea

She once had an uncle
He lived in Detroit town
They got all his postcards
But his body has never been found

To this day
To this day
To this day
To this day


She got a job as a domestic
Workin' for the minimum wage
To all her friends back home in Jamaica
They say 'You really got it made in the shade'

But they don't see her sweat and grime
And her bendin' on her knees
She wishes she was back in Jamaica
Beneath the coconut trees

Every day
Every day
Every day
Every day


Every day
Every day
Every day
Every day


Penelope is back in the market
She found what it was all about
And oh no she doesn't regret it
She's just glad she got out

But others aren't so lucky
They're there until the day they die
Trapped in the steel and the concrete
No beach, no moon, no sky

Every day
Every day
Every day
Every day

Every day
Every day
Every day
Every day


Clearest Indication


You left in the morning
You left without a word
Did you get what you came for
Is this what I deserve
All I know is the silence
Was the loudest thing I'd ever heard

Chorus:

Where do we stand
What am I supposed to do
Give me the clearest indication
I'm not alone with you
Reach out your hand
In a world I thought I knew
I need the clearest indication
The clearest indication from you

Did we have all we wanted
And let it slip away in time
Like a country divided
51 to 49
Years ago, I suppose
We just can't seem to make up our minds

Chorus

In times like these it's hard to see
With any kind of clarity
What's the point of wondering anymore
So much I just can't figure out
I'd love to know without a doubt
For sure
For sure

Chorus

Scolding Wife

Well I came into a scolding wife a few short years ago
And ever since I lead a life of misery and woe
My wife she is a tyrant around the ??
Ah I'd sell her to the devil for a glass or two of gin

Sure I'll get up and go to work as mild as any man
And she'll get up and dress herself and go and have her dram
And I chance to say a word it's well I know my due
She'll follow me with the fire shovel up and down the room

Chorus:

And if the devil'd take her I'd thank him for his pain
I swear to God I'll hang meself if I get married again
And if the devil'd take her I'd thank him for his pain
Though I swear to God I'll hang myself if I get married again

When I get up at breakfast time she'll tap me on the head
When I come home at dinner time I'll find her drunk in bed
When I come home at supper time at patience I must stop
'Cause she drinks what's in the teapot and I must drink the slop

Chorus

Well once I asked me scolding wife if I could go to bed
She scare gave me an hour on the pillow to lay me head
When like a roarin' lion she came bustin' down the door
She caught me by the middle and threw me naked on the floor

Chorus

Now me and my companions go to a public place
She'll search around the neighbourhood until she finds my face
She'll hoist me up in ridicule before the company
Sayin' 'Petticoats is your master and forever more shall be'

Chorus (3x)

Stumbling In

I don't mind confiding
That I make stupid mistakes
Been misled and misguided
And I'm easily led astray

You can dance with disaster
Never missing a step
Spinning faster and faster
Long after I've already slipped

But in the middle of it all
You always break my fall
In the middle of it all

Chorus:
Over and over
Again and again
You broke through the door
And I'm stumblin' in
I'm twisted and tangled
I'm soaked to the skin
You broke through the door
And I'm stumblin' in again

Pulled in every direction
I've a million regrets
And you're the perfect protection
When I'm down in over my head

But in the middle of it all
You always break my fall
In the middle of it all

Chorus

And there's bones in my closet
I've collected quite a few
God knows what causes an angel to love a fool
An angel to love a fool

You always break my fall
In the middle of it

Chorus

I'm stumblin' in again (4x)

A Boat Like Gideon Brown

Oh Gideon lived across the bay
He's gettin' older now
His boat is big and strong and bold
She has a stalward bow
But my father's boat was second hand
One someone used before
And after every fishing trip
My father always swore
That someday he would save enough
To go to St. John's town
And buy himself a big new boat
A boat like Gideon Brown
A boat like Gideon Brown

Confederation came around
And the days of old age pension
He said 'Son I'm saving every cent'
And this you must not mention
You save the baby bonus too
And things just might turn around
And we'll have enough to buy a boat
A boat like Gideon Brown

Chorus:

'Cause she can punch ahead in any gale
And ride the fishing ground
I often thought how proud I'd be
In a boat like Gideon Brown
In a boat like Gideon Brown

Many years did pass away
And Dad began to fade
He didn't talk of boats too much
He said 'Son I'm afraid'
If things don't soon improve
Then I'll be underground
Before we ever get to see ourselves
In a boat like Gideon Brown

Chorus

I sat and held his hand one day
And he said 'Son, that policy'
The insurance is all in your name
You're the beneficiary
And when I'm gone they'll pay you off
Then go to St. John's town
And buy yourself a big new boat
A boat like Gideon Brown

Chorus (2x)

Widow in the Window

Waiting for the nightengale to sing
Waiting for the harbour lights to dim
I've been on the outside looking in
While the widow in the window waits for him

But he won't be back
Can't you realize that?
And he's laughing at your sorrow

Waiting for a ship that won't come in
Waiting for a tear to reach her chin
I'm knockin' but she will not let me in

Chorus:

And he won't be back
Can't you realize that
And he's laughing at your sorrow
How can I explain
Your love is all in vain
While he wastes your precious hours
I could fill your days with flowers

How can I replace the smile upon a face
Of a lover that I can never be
How can I begin to make you love again
And try to make you see

Chorus


French Perfume

It's of a bold young smuggler
From Fortune he did sail
He rode the waves from St. Pierre
And never saw the jail

He filled her up with contraband
Perfume, smokes and rum
He hoped the fog was thick enough
To make another run

Chorus:

You can still see the sight
On a winter's night
Of his wake in the light of the moon
If the wind turns right
If you don't take fright
You can smell that French perfume

But the Mountie boat was waiting
As he crawled near Mortier Bay
And when they hit the spotlight
It was like the light of day

He didn't bring her head round
When they told him to heave to
He opened up the engines
And he ran for Spanish Room

Chorus

They said they heard him laughing
With the Mounties closing in
His engines screaming murder
And his face set in a grin

The seagulls started lifting
Like an angry banshee choir
He hit the rocks at 50 clicks
And the sky lit up with fire

It's of of a bold young smuggler
From Fortune he did sail
He rode the waves from St. Pierre
And he never saw the jail

And when it's cold and foggy
On the rocks near Spanish Room
They say you hear him laughing
And you smell that French perfume

Chorus (2x)

Yarmouth Town

In Yarmouth town there lived a man
He had a little tavern by the strand
And the landlord had a daughter fair
Pretty little thing with golden hair

Chorus:

Won't you come down
Won't you come down
Won't you come down to Yarmouth town

One night there came a sailor man
He asked the daughter for her hand
Well I won't marry you she said
I have all I want without being wed

But if with me you'd like to linger
I'll tie some string all around my finger
As you walk by, pull on my string
I'll come down and let you right in

Chorus 2x

Well the very next day at closing time
The sailor man goes off to the strand
And as he walks by pulls on that string
And she came down and let him right in

Well he's never such a sight before
A string on her finger was all she wore

Chorus 2x

So all you men who to Yarmouth go
If ya see those girls with their hair hung low
All ya gotta do is pull their strings
And they'll come down and let you right in

Chorus 4x

Barque in the Harbour

From a barque in the harbour I went roaming on shore
And stepped into a pub where I was oft times before
And as I was sitting and enjoying my glass
Who chanced to walk in but a young Spanish lass
She sat down beside me and kept squeezing my hand
Saying 'Sir you're a stranger not long to this land'
Will you roam, Johnny Sailor, would you roam along with me
To some lonesome spot where nobody can see

Chorus:

'Don't you leave me Johnny Sailor' were the words she did cry
Waving and weeping and wiping her eyes
When you reach home in your own Newfoundland
Think of the young Spaniard who kept squeezing your hand

I quickly consented with her for to roam
She lived by herself in a neat little home
She was brisk, plump and jolly and her age scare 19
And the name of that maiden I think was Irene

One fine summer's morning our ship, she set sail
And down by the seashore lovely Irene she came
Waving her pocket hankerchief and wiping her eyes
'Don't leave me Johnny Sailor' were the words she did cry

Chorus

I'll give you farewell love on a fine summer's breeze
But love don't forget me when you're crossing the sea
And when you are married and enjoying your bride
Think on the young maiden who lay by your side

Chorus

Own True Way

It's takes a lot to get to the top
And a little just to fall off quick
And I think I've seen you here before

Sometimes you fly so high
So fast it makes you sick
You won the battle lost the war

But I don't mind if you say
Everytime you talk to me
Everytime we talk

Chorus:

We came, we saw
We conquered and crumbled
In our own true way
We loved, we fought
We rocked and we tumbled
In our own true way


Well I belive in brotherhood
And the good of all mankind
Though I admit it's hard to find

But if you want to talk just come and knock
It don't matter what the time
Solitude is no friend of mine

And I don't mind if you say
Everytime you talk to me
Everytime we talk

Chorus

I don't mind

It's hard to be from a rock in the sea
Livin' in a big steel town
Finding unfamiliar faces all around

You heard 'em tell stupid jokes
You heard 'em laugh everytime you spoke
But you don't let nobody put you down

But I don't mind if you say
Everytime you talk to me
Everytime you talk to me
Everytime we talk

Chorus

In our own true way
And I don't mind
If you say

Fortune


There's lots of fish in Bonavist harbour
Lots of fish right in around here
Boys and girls are fishing together
45 from Carbonear

Catch a hold this one, catch a hold that one
Swing around this one, swing around she
Dance around this one, dance around that one
Diddle um this one, diddle um dee

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