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Great Big Sea - Fisherman's Lament

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From "Great Big Sea" (1993)
(Ed McCann)

INTRO:  [D]    [A]    [G]    [A]  (x2)

I [D]stand in my [A]doorway as the [G]moon rises [A]high
Over [D]glorious [A]ocean, re[G]flects the bright [A]sky  
My [D]heart it is [A]aching, so [G]much I could [A]die
I've known [D]only the o[A]cean, since [G]I was a [A]boy

CHORUS #1:
And I [D]spent my whole life, out [A]there on the [D]sea
Some [G]government bastard now [A]takes it from me
It's [D]not just the fish, they've [A]taken my [D]pride
I [G]feel so ashamed that I [A]just want to [INTRO]hide

I [D]fished with my [A]father, so [G]long long a[A]go
We were [D]proud of our [A]trade, and in [G]us it did [A]show
We [D]held our heads [A]high, there was [G]lots of fish [A]then
[D]That was the [A]time, when [GF]we were proud [A]men

We [D]challenged great [A]storms and [G]sometimes we [A]won
Faced [D]death and di[A]saster, we [G]rose with the [A]sun
We [D]worked and we [A]toiled, we [G]strained our men [A]brane
We [D]were a proud [A]people, will we [G]ere be a[A]gain?

CHORUS #1

My [D]father is [A]gone now, and the [G]fish are gone [A]too.
A[D]bused and mis[A]managed, oh [G]what can we [A]do?
I'm [D]too old to [A]change, but [G]what of my [A]sons,
[D]How will they [A]know that [G]we weren't the [A]ones?

DF[D]O regu[A]lations per[G]mitted the [A]rape
Of our [D]beautiful [A]ocean, from [G]head land to [A]cape
They [D]brought in big [A]trollers, they [G]tore up our [A]twine
Poli[D]tians don't [A]care for whats [G]yours or whats [A]mine

CHORUS #1

You [D]brave Newfound[A]landers, now [G]listen to [A]me
Shove the [D]package to [A]hell, go [G]back to the[A] sea
If we [D]don't stand our[A] ground, we [G]will fade a[A]way
And the [D]bones of our[A]fathers will [G]turn into [A]clay

CHORUS #2:
And I [D]spent my whole life, out [A]there on the [D]sea
Some [G]government bastard now [A]takes it from me
It's [D]not just the fish, they've [A]taken my [D]pride
I [G]feel so ashamed that I [A]just want to [INTRO]die

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