Saturday, April 14, 2007

 

WHO'S GUARDING NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR

WHO'S GUARDING NEWFOUNDLAND

When Cabot landed on our rocky shores over 500 years ago
Codfish teamed on the banks and the bays, "food baskets" of the world we're told
With generous quota and ships of steel, they pillaged it endlessly
Now its make-work projects, moratoriums instead of a living from the sea.

Will the sun every shine on our pine clad hills, where our fathers stood long ago.
Will mountains crumble and seas run dry, before our people ever know.
Will there ever be a time on this wind swept rock, when have not will be forever banned.
While we're awaiting for the sun to shine, tell me, who's guarding Newfoundland?

The mighty Churchill river with its endless power keeps rolling down to the sea.,
Lighting up the parks in Disneyland for all the world to come and see
But with big time bargaining and little foresight, the devil's pact was signed
Sixty more years of profit margins, stalled on the dotted line.

Will the sun every shine on our pine clad hills, where our fathers stood long ago.
Will mountains crumble and seas run dry, before our people ever know.
Will there ever be a time on this wind swept rock, when have not will be forever banned.
While we're awaiting for the sun to shine, tell me, who's guarding Newfoundland?

Oh, Hibernia, you've been our hope for a quarter century or more
Billion dollar rigs in the North Atlantic sucking up oil thru the ocean floor
While accords and agreements and the short end of the stick, handled up in Ottawa
So its high expectations and low returns, not what the prophets foresaw

Will the sun every shine on our pine clad hills, where our fathers stood long ago.
Will mountains crumble and seas run dry, before our people ever know.
Will there ever be a time on this wind swept rock, when have not will be forever banned.
While we're awaiting for the sun to shine, tell me, who's guarding Newfoundland?

Those nickel deposits up in Labrador sent stock markets all in a spin
Speculations, smelters and shares, setting our dreams on fire again
But heavy handed companies with high bottom lines, pushed all those dreams in a shade
Its watch and wonder, waffle and wait, trusting the tourist trade.

Will the sun every shine on our pine clad hills, where our fathers stood long ago.
Will mountains crumble and seas run dry, before our people ever know.
Will there ever be a time on this wind swept rock, when have not will be forever banned.
While we're awaiting for the sun to shine, tell me, who's guarding Newfoundland?

Repeat last line...
Won't you tell me who's guarding Newfoundland??....
By: Don Crewe

The seeds for this song were sown when I attended a High School Graduation a few years
back.. The proceedings began with the " Ode to Newfoundland". The guest speaker talked
about all the mega projects that had failed to produce the predicted number of jobs for
our graduates, and encouraged them not to be afraid to seek employment elsewhere across the country.
Add to this Brian Peckford's famous dictum "someday the sun will shine and have-not will be no more" and
you have all the ingredients for this song.

Don Crewe



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Comments:
Why does a song called "Who's guarding Newfoundland" refer to the Churchill Falls project and Voisey's Bay?

Are there Churchill Falls and Voisey's Bays in Newfoundland too?
 
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