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Thread #150844   Message #3516918
Posted By: michaelr
19-May-13 - 08:39 PM
Thread Name: Modern fishermans' protest songs
Subject: Lyr Add: IT AIN'T FUNNY (Pamela Morgan)
Here's a good one: It Ain't Funny by Pamela Morgan, an indictment of Government's failure to protect the Newfoundland and Labrador fishery while sanctioning big business and blaming fishermen for the failure.

IT AIN'T FUNNY (Pamela Morgan)

His lullaby, the waves outside his window
His father and himself made a wonderful pair
Five hundred years of fishing in his family
Still the government wouldn't listen when he said "trouble down there"
It ain't funny, it ain't funny no more

Fat cat smirking in the land of plenty
Making jokes about a people and a country from a gentler time
Sanctioned and applauded the whole gang rape of the place
But like any rape they blame the victim for the crime
It ain't funny, it ain't funny no more

Political posturing now is the ultimate insult
(Now the Newfs are becoming a strain on the Ottawa wallet)
It's too little, too late - what's left is up for sale
(There's no need to be nice - what's left is up for sale)
And the best small boatsmen in the world are on the dole
Stupid and lazy according to the Globe and Mail

It ain't funny
Nobody's laughing now
It ain't funny
Something has changed somehow
It ain't funny, it ain't funny no more

From the CD On A Wing And A Prayer, Amber Music 1996

(In parentheses are alternate lyrics which were found googling but are not on PM's recording.)