Steve Dafoe - Songwriter
Shoes Of a Fisherman (Maritime Folk, East Coast)
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Lyrics
SHOES OF A FISHERMAN
(STEVE DAFOE)
(COPYRIGHTED 2009)


CHORUS:


(5th Fret + Alt. High E on 7TH Fret) (3RD Fret + Alt. High E on 5TH Fret)

THERE'S THE SHOES' OF A FISHERMAN AT HIS DOOR
WORKIN' MORNIN' TO NITE 'TILL HE CAN TAKE NO MORE
HE'S BORN TO FISH JUST LIKE EVERY MAN IN STE. ANNE.....

D A EM
A FATHER, HUSBAND, AND WORKER ALL IN THIS FREE MAN

(3RD Fret + Alt. High E on 5TH Fret)
SO WATCH FOR THE MAN OF THE SEA AS HE HEADS INSHORE
(3RD Fret + Alt. High E on 5TH Fret) (5th Fret + Alt. High E on 7TH Fret)
HOME FOR A BIT, GONE AGAIN, JUST LIKE THE DAY BEFORE

(5th Fret + Alt. High E on 7TH Fret) (3RD Fret + Alt. High E on 5TH Fret)

SO WATCH FOR THE SHOES OF THIS MAN AT HIS DOOR....
OH THE WORK SHOES OF A MAN AT HIS DOOR.......


VERSE 1:

IN EARLY MORNING, LOOK OFF TO THE EAST
WHERE THE SUN TOUCHES THE SEA
AND YOU CAN ONLY SMELL SALT IN THE AIR
YOU'LL SEE THE BOATS "BOBBING" IN THE WATER
A HARSH LIFE, IN THE COLD AND ALWAYS WET
THEY BRING HOME THE FISH, THIS IS THEIR "BACON"

VERSE 2:

AND AROUND MIDDLE HEAD WHERE THE KELTIC LODGE RISES
YOU'LL SEE HIM IN HIS BOAT, A PRIDE AND JOY CALLED "PIE DUCK"
JUST ANOTHER WEATHERED MAN AND HUSBAND DOING HIS WORK
ALL I KNEW THAT TO ME HE IS MY MOTHER'S FATHER
WORKING AND SOMETIMES CUTTING HIS FINGERS TO THE BONE
ALL TO FEED HIS VERY LARGE FAMILY...DAY AFTER DAY
VERSE 3:

THERE WAS NO GOLD OR MONEY IN THE FISH
JUST AN END TO A MEANS ....TO FEED HUNGRY MOUTHS
NO RETIRING FROM THIS JOB....NO PENSION....NO GOLD WATCH
HE CARRIED ON FROM HIS FATHER WHO CARRIED ON FROM HIS.
NO...THIS JOB IS YOURS UNTIL YOUR HEART STOPS......
AND YOUR SONS TAKE THE NETS AND TRAPS AND TRADITIONS


VERSE 4:

OFTEN I GO BACK NOW THAT I'M A MAN AND I CLOSE MY EYES
THE FISHERMAN ARE ALL GONE....NOT MUCH GOLD IN FISH
BUT IN THE STILL OF THE EARLY DAY IF YOU LISTEN
YOU CAN HEAR THEM STILL FIGHTING THE NETS AND THE GREAT SEA
TALKING IN A DIALECT ONLY VERY FEW CAN UNDERSTAND....
INCLUDING THE MAN WHO IS MY MOTHER'S FATHER.........

Description
Short Song Description:
My Grandfather and Uncles fished the North Atlantic (close to shore) for salmon and lobster.
Long Song Description:
My Grandfather and Uncles fished the North Atlantic (close to shore) for salmon and lobster. A 12 foot boat or doey called "Pie Duck"......very leaky boat.
Story Behind the Song:
bpm 119
Credits
Lyric Credits: Steve Dafoe
Music Credits: Steve Dafoe
Producer Credits:
Publisher Credits: Steve Dafoe
Performance Credits: Jadon Klay
Label Credits:
Metadata
Song Length: 5:17
Primary Genre: Folk-Rural
Secondary Genre: Folk-Alternative
Tempo / Feel: Medium (111 - 130)
Lead Vocal: Male Vocal
Subject Matter 1: Life
Subject Matter 2: History, Past
Mood 1: Content
Mood 2: Still
Similar Artist 1: Clint Black
Similar Artist 2: Harry Nilsson
Language: English
Era: 1960 - 1969