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Drumshanty Lyr Req: The Traveller's Trade (10) RE: Lyr Req: The Traveller's Trade 13 Oct 05


I have the Shannus version and this is what I've got from it. The gaps are probably what you're hearing as well, Phil. As you say, not the singer's fault; possibly the recording?

The Travellers' Trade
(Words: Ian MacGregor; Music J Scott Skinner)

O'er hill, glen and moor, you'll witness life's still poor
For the men wha plunder the shell
They'll work till the day has darkened then they'll say
That this way of life just isnae goin well

The reason you'll hear, oor laws(?) just arenae clear
As the search for the pearl murders on
And soon there will be nae fishin left for me
And the skill acquired will never see my son

So alter your way or soon we'll see the day
When this traveller's trade won't stay alive
And hunt if you can wi' thoughts o' fellow man
And all forms of life whose right is tae survive


To know where to find some treasure you should mind
That the mussel shouldnae die for your gain
.....
It's the only way, so listen what I'm sayin'

So alter your way...

This ........., my river soon will die
When the final mussel has been taken from her sand
And traveller though I've been, it's by far the worst I've seen
And it's no' just here, it's rife in other lands

So alter your way...

Ian MacGregor sings the song on Pete Clark's CD "The Birnam Oak" (click here). There is a short MP3 on that page.

I am gnashing my teeth because I know I have this written down somewhere...


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