Nova Scotia Fishing

Nova Scotia Fishing

JoanneCooper's picture

Tags: 

Demo: 

Collaborators: 

Liner Notes: 

Completely different for me! Thanks for these lyrics Liz. I see those fishing programs on the TV and I shudder to think that people live like that.....let alone the families left on the shore. I tried to give the effect of "chaos" in the bridge but not sure I achieved that.

LIZ says: the adventure of quaint fishing and lobster fishing villages on the northern Atlantic coast of North America have always called out to me with their rugged and romantic appeal. I have never been to this one but have been to similar ones in Maine and wanted to try a song different than I usually write. I absolutely love how Joanne captures the spirit of the lyric in her music. I love her musical delivery of this song. Thanks for listening!

Lyrics: 

V1
The cold storm winds blow fast
across the Atlantic sea
she waits by the fishing dock
for his trawler to be seen
the waves are growing high
in the harbor of Lunenburg
as black sky cracks with lightening
and rolling thunder is heard

C1
Nova Scotia fishing
when the lobster traps
come in full
leaves lovers and families happy
puts hearty supper in
dinner bowls

B
but Nova Scotia fishing
is hard and dangerous
as everyone in town
now knows

V2
she oulls her scarf round her tight
Hides hands inside her sleeves
whispers a quiet prayer
for him to come back safely
the boat is running late now
over ten hours past due
it’s been over four long hours
since anyone heard from crew

C2
Nova Scotia fishing
when cold nor’easter wind
rolls in fast
keeps lovers and families waiting
and leaves their parents with
children lost

B
as Nova Scotia fishing
is hard and dangerous
as everyone in town
now knows

V3
her friends tell her come on in
to get out the windy cold
but she stays on the bench
warmed by the love she holds
far off on the horizon
there is no boat to be found
she whispers a final blessing
as rain keeps pouring down

C1
Nova Scotia fishing
when the lobster traps
come in full
leaves lovers and families happy
puts hearty supper in
dinner bowls

C2
Nova Scotia fishing
when cold nor’easter wind
rolls in fast
keeps lovers and families waiting
and leaves their parents with
children lost

OUTRO
oh Nova Scotia fishing
is hard and dangerous
as everyone in town
now knows



Please keep your comments respectful, honest, and constructive. Please focus on the song and not the demo.

Comments

cindyrella's picture

I think you did it well! I can't imagine that life either. I like this interesting song-good job ladies!

Edward 9th Street's picture

Good storyline and the song has a rolling like the sea quality that suits it well. Very unique, nice job!

metalfoot's picture

Kind of a celtic-tinged rock feel to the tune -- which is pretty good for evoking NS to me.
I like what you've both done here quite a lot! Great collaboration. (And Liz, you owe it to yourself to go see Peggy's Cove, NS!)

johnstaples's picture

Wow, what an awesome collaboration!

Those lyrics are so detailed and I was instantly reminded of watching Deadliest Catch with my son. I am thinking you must have been a fisherman or fisherspouse in another life! The details are so intriguing and evocative. Verse three brought a tear as I felt what she must have felt sitting on that bench. In the rain. With no ship on the horizon. Fantastic lyrics Liz!

And OMG, what a damn fine job Joanne did at bringing this song to life! The melody is enchanting and beautiful. It sounds so pure and true to this story! Your vocals are, as always, beautiful! And the instrumentation is just so very perfect. As I listen to this I am reminded of The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, a favorite of mine about tragedy on the water. This song ranks right up there with that one in my opinion.

Thanks to the both of you for writing and sharing this wonderful song!