Rick Garvin

Rick Garvin

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Folk - Contemporary | Alberta, Canada
Total Song Plays: 2,608   
Member Since: 2007
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Song Description

fisherman loses wife and child while away from isolated home, turns to drink to forget.

Story Behind the Song

based on a story told to me in a rural bar in northern British Columbia while I was touring the north in the late 70's.


1. Once I was a young man, living by the coast

Fishing for my living, and living more than most

Now you see me begging, for a dollar or a drink

And you look at me and wonder how low a man can sink.

Chorus: Now it's round, round, the bottle pass my way

Maybe if we drink enough, we can drive the memories away.

2. Once I was a proud man, living by the sea

On the north of Graham Island in the Charlottes of BC

To the canneries at Rupert with my cargo I would go

And trade my fish for silver and pick up food for home.

3. My lady's name was Anna and she meant the world to me

I had a darling daughter whose name was Melody

They filled my days with loving till a man could want no more

But I lost them both to fire in 1964.

4. It happened late in August when I was not at home

A tankard of marine gas exploded in the sun

Where Melody was playing, she turned and looked around

And caught her head a fragment and died without a sound.

5. My Anna came a running from the house down to the pier

She saw her daughter lying with the flames drawing near

She ran to try and save her but the fire caught her hair

And when I returned at sunset, I found her dying there.

6. So I come down to Vancouver and I ran my ship aground

And if I were less a coward I'd have stayed with her and drowned

Now you see me dying one bottle at a time

So drink to your misfortune and I will drink to mine.

Song Length
Folk - Contemporary, Folk - Traditional
Tempo / Feel
Medium Slow (91 - 110)


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