Saltwater Joys

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Best-known and much-loved song from the pen of Wayne Chaulk of Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers.

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Saltwater Joys

Composed by Wayne Chaulk
Performed by Allison Crowe

Just to wake up in the morning to the quiet of the cove
and to hear Aunt Bessie talking to herself
and to hear poor Uncle John mumbling wishes to old Nell
it made me feel like everything was fine.

I was born down by the water and it's here I'm gonna stay
I've searched for all the reasons why I should go away
but I haven't got the thirst for all those modern-day toys
so I'll just take my chances with those saltwater joys.

Following the little brook as it trickles to the shore
in the Autumn when the trees are flaming red
kicking leaves that fall around me, watching sunset paint the hills
It's all I'll ever need to feel at home.

This island that we cling to has been handed down with pride
by folks who fought to live here, taking hardships all in stride
so I'll compliment her beauty, hold on to my goodbyes
stay and take my chances with those saltwater joys.

How can I leave those mornings with the sunrise on the cove
and the gulls like flies surrounding Clayton's Wharf
Platter's Island wrapped in rainbows in the evenings after fog
the ocean smells are perfume to my soul.

Some go to where the buildings reach to meet the clouds
where warm and gentle people turn to swarm in faceless crowds
so I'll do without their riches, the glamour and the noise,
and I'll stay and take my chances with those saltwater joys.

Some go to where the buildings reach to meet the clouds
where warm and gentle people turn to swarm in faceless crowds
so I'll do without their riches, the glamour and the noise,
and I'll stay and take my chances with those saltwater joys.

Yes, I'll stay and take my chances with those saltwater joys.

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from Newfoundland Vinyl II, released December 2, 2014
Allison Crowe - voice, guitar, arranger, engineer and producer

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