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Thread #112601   Message #4092055
Posted By: Joe Offer
07-Feb-21 - 07:10 PM
Thread Name: Lyric explanation-'cran' in Fisher's 'Final Trawl'
Subject: RE: Lyric explanation-'cran' in Fisher's 'Final Trawl'
These are the lyrics in the Digital Tradition. I listened to an Archie Fisher recording on a compilation called People and Songs of the Sea, and noted what Archie sang below in italics - but I don't know the date of this recording. I'm sure Archie recorded this song several times and may have had differences in various recordings, but this is what I hear on the recording I have. I heard Archie sing this at an Archie Fisher concert hosted by Celtaddict in Connecticut, and I wish I could remember when that was. He said he hadn't sung it in many years, and decided he needed to start singing it again. I heard him sing it again in September 2019 when I was on a Jim Malcolm tour of the Borders of Scotland. To me, it's the ultimate Archie Fisher song - but "Witch of the West-mere-lands" is a close second.

by Archie Fisher

Now it's three long years since we made her pay
Sing haul away, my laddie-o
And the owners say that she's had her day
And sing haul away, my laddie-o

So pull (heave?) away for the final trawl
It's an easy pull, for the catch is small

Now its (Then stow?) stow your gear lads and batten down
Then I'll turn (Then I'll take) the wheel, lads, and turn her round

And we'll join "The Venture" and "The Morning Star"
Riding High and empty behind (towards?) the bar

For (Now?) I'd rather beach her on the skerry rock
Than to see her torched on (in?) the breakers dock

And when I die, you can stow me down
In her rusty hold, where the breakers sound

Then I'll make the haven and the Fiddler's Green (Then I'd make the haven of Fiddler's Green ?)
Where the grub is good and the bunks are clean

I fished (But I fished?) a lifetime, boy and man
An (And) the final trawl scarcely nets a cran

@sailor @work
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