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Make And Break Harbour Chords

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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
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Date: Tue, 24 Dec 1996 17:38:23 -0330
From: Karl Griffiths 
Subject: TAB: Make and Break Harbour by Stan Rogers

Make and Break Harbour
Words and Music By Stan Rogers
Posted by:  Karl Griffiths (karl@engr.mun.ca)

This version of the song was taken from the live album "Home in Halifax".
Please send any comments of suggestions to karl@engr.mun.ca.  There is an
error in the last verse.  I've put in what it sounds like on the CD, but if
anyone knows what its supposed to be please let me know.

Verse I:

    D              Bm          G             A
How still lies the bay, in the light western airs
      Em            G         A
Which blow from the crimson horizon
     D            D7           G         A
Once more we tack home, with a dry empty hold
       Em            G          A
Saving gas with the breezes so fair
        D           Bm        G             A
She's a kindly cape islander, old but still sound
       Em          G           A
But so lost in the long liners shadow
         D              D7          G           A
Make and Break and make do, but the fish are so few
         Em         G                 D
That she won't be replaced should she flounder

Verse II:

Now its so hard to not think of before the big war
When the cod were so cheap and so plenty
Foreign trawlers go by now with long seeking eyes
Taking all where we seldom take any
And the young folk don't stay with the fisherman's ways
Long ago they all moved to the cities
And the ones left behind old and tired and blind
Won't work for a pound, for a penny.

Chorus:
   G              A           D
In Make and Break Harbour the boats are so few
    Bm       A           G         A
Too many are hold up and rotten.
     D           Bm        D            G
Most houses stand empty old nets hung to dry
    A          G        D
Are blown away lost and forgotten


Verse III

Now I can see the big draggers that stirred up the bay
Leaving lobster traps smashed on the bottom
And they think it don't pay to respect the old ways
That make and break men have not forgotten
For we still keep our time to the turn of the tide
In this boat that I built with my father
Still lifts to the sky, The 'one lunger' and I   
Still talk like old friends on the water

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Lockstock93 10 May 14, 2016 10:35 PM

Gorgeous song and a sad sentiment - thanks for chording it!

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irishmusician 10 Jan 04, 2017 04:12 PM

Just a few lyric changes:

He may actually say flounder, but founder is a better word in the first verse, as it means to be sunk or crippled. In verse 2, it's *can't, not won't* in the last line. I had trouble with this one, as in the recording it's hard to hear him. But after many listenings, he sings can't. And in the Chorus it is actually *pulled up, not *hold up. Like the ships are pulled up to the shore.

Lovely done piece and thanks so much for doing it. Great song, and a great put-together by Karl.

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colinlhcox 17 Feb 28, 2017 06:34 PM

Yes, I had some of the lyrics fixed awhile back, but your comments are indeed correct for the versions I've heard. You should offer them up as a correction, or better yet, perhaps a new version!

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