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Req: Unknown Song-fishing's the life that we know

GUEST,Singerdave 04 Mar 15 - 04:59 AM
GUEST,# 04 Mar 15 - 06:42 PM
kendall 04 Mar 15 - 07:41 PM
Joe Offer 06 Mar 15 - 04:42 PM
The Doctor 07 Mar 15 - 05:27 AM
GUEST,# 07 Mar 15 - 09:40 AM
Joe Offer 07 Mar 15 - 02:20 PM
GUEST,Singerdave 08 Mar 15 - 05:17 AM
GUEST,# 08 Mar 15 - 09:42 AM
GUEST,Singerdave 08 Mar 15 - 11:49 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Unknown Song
From: GUEST,Singerdave
Date: 04 Mar 15 - 04:59 AM

Can anyone help me with this song please, all I know is this one verse:-

But as fish stocks are dying we sail now and then
Hoping for one more big haul
As the sun keeps on rising we'll keep on trying
'Cos fishing's the life that we know.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Unknown Song
From: GUEST,#
Date: 04 Mar 15 - 06:42 PM

Never heard it and can't find it, but I'd bet dollars to donuts it's a Newfie song. Try writing to GEST in Nfld and ask there.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Unknown Song
From: kendall
Date: 04 Mar 15 - 07:41 PM

Gordon Bok might know.


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Subject: RE: Req: Unknown Song-fishing's the life that we know
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Mar 15 - 04:42 PM

refresh.
Searching GEST couldn't help on this one.
I'm surprised. This song has "Newfoundland" written all over it...like a condensation of Shipping News, almost.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Req: Unknown Song-fishing's the life that we know
From: The Doctor
Date: 07 Mar 15 - 05:27 AM

I contacted friends in Halifax, NS, and they didn't recognise it at all.


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Subject: RE: Req: Unknown Song-fishing's the life that we know
From: GUEST,#
Date: 07 Mar 15 - 09:40 AM

Collapse of cod fisheries in Canada.

I put that link there because perhaps we can at least date the stanza provided to within a few years. From what I can figure, the late 1980s/early 1990s seems to fit best although there was an earlier partial collapse back in the 1970s.

The economic impact of the cod fishery collapse on Newfoundland was catastropic including as it did the loss of 35,000 jobs (and ways of life). This is based on the assumption that the song refers to Newfoundland. The song certainly predates 1992 which was the year the Government of Canada declared a complete moratorium on cod fishing (although people could still jig for cod to feed their families).

The reference to "as fish stocks are dying" seems to indicate that the 1970s is not a good time for the song to have emerged, because even then fishermen from The Rock were aware that factory ships and foreign over-fishing of the Grand Banks was depleting fish stocks at an alarming rate. Therefore, I'd place the time the song was written to between 1985ish -1991.

I hope the OP returns because I'd like to know when and where he first heard the song.


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Subject: RE: Req: Unknown Song-fishing's the life that we know
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Mar 15 - 02:20 PM

frefresh


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Subject: RE: Req: Unknown Song-fishing's the life that we know
From: GUEST,Singerdave
Date: 08 Mar 15 - 05:17 AM

Seemed to have everyone stumped on this one. I'm vexed in myself in not remembering where I noted the verse from and is some weeks ago. I've got it wrote down hoping to research it one day but of course that one day passes by too quickly. Must have either seen the words or heard it distinctly to note as I did.


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Subject: RE: Req: Unknown Song-fishing's the life that we know
From: GUEST,#
Date: 08 Mar 15 - 09:42 AM

Where did you hear it, Singerdave?


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Subject: RE: Req: Unknown Song-fishing's the life that we know
From: GUEST,Singerdave
Date: 08 Mar 15 - 11:49 AM

Again I fail to remember, I just have the words but no recollection of where I obtained from, must be an age thing, sorry.


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