Shawn Lidster

Shawn Lidster

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Folk - Traditional | St. John's, Canada
Total Song Plays: 95   
Member Since: 2006
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Song Description

Song is about my Family Roots, some who were Sealer's

Story Behind the Song

My Great-Grandfather went down on the Southern Cross in 1914, so the song is dedicated to him...


The Sealer?s Song ã 1993 Shawn Lidster


Diddly oh diddly...

Well me great-grandfather was a stowaway he sailed across a ragging sea
To an island they called the Newfoundland where he?d raise a family
He was a fisherman by trade sir and in the spring of every year
He?d have his birth and his gunny sack an be sealing off the Labrador

Now the work was hard and the days were long
And as the sweat poured down his brow
Between the oates he swore on the old man
You could hear him sing this song, he went


Now when the ship was bellied down loaded sir with seal
They?d point her nose towards St. John?s all for the merchants glee
And down in the crews quarters when their rashins had been ate
they?d lite a smoke and tell some jokes and listen to me grandpa sing, he went


Well if you had been lucky and God was on your side
You?d make enough credit to do you a short while
And when the hunt was over with his love ones by his side
He swore he?d never return again to the ice or to the swiles, he went


Now the times they have been changing there not like in the past
No more you?ll hear the skipper roar ready ropes and gaffs
When those ice cold winds are howling in the spring of every year
Well if you listen closely this is what you?ll hear

Chorus twice
Take her home

Song Length
Folk - Rock, World - Celtic
Tempo / Feel
Medium Fast (131 - 150)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
In High Spirits, Cheerful

Subject Matter
Pride, Island

1900 - 1920

Lyric Credits Shawn Lidster