This song is a tribute to the families and loved ones of the 229 victims of SwissAir Flight 111 which met its sad end off the shores of Peggy's Cove,Nova Scotia in Sept. of 1998.
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Story behind the song
This song is a tribute to the families and loved ones of the 229 victims of SwissAir Flight 111 which met its sad end off the shores of Peggy's Cove,Nova Scotia in Sept. of 1998. It is also a tribute to the people of Peggy's Cove,who set aside personal comfort and safety to extend open hands and hearts to make it as easy as possible for the victims' families to deal with this tragedy...I have the song narrated by the spirit of a long-ago shipwrecked sailor who guides the souls of the victims of sea disasters..to their spirit home.
Our sons and our fathers all go out to sea
Each generation spawns fishers like me
With the salt in our eyes and the wind in our hair
We know certain danger lies lurking out there.
I was all of forty-one when the sea took my life
Off the shores of Peggy's Cove,leaving children and wife
Now I continue to watch along this rocky shore
For fishers who come out, to return no more.
And the sea, she takes another toll
And the waves continue to roll
And we pray and we pray for lost souls.
In the still of the ev'ning there wasn't a care
Till the fate of the sea met the fate of the air
People stood looking upward, not making a sound
As Flight 111 came noseward down.
Now,many a seaman meets watery grave
But 229 at a time 'neath the waves
Brought a flood of emotion as news spread far and wide
The world's eyes were focused on the changing tide.
And the pain and the loss was felt by all around
As families and loved ones came to our humble town
To gather some memories..to look out from the shore
Like our mothers and daughters have done many times before.
In the village the people opened heart and home
They treated this disaster as if it were their own
And brave men on the waters risked their very lives
To bring a seed of comfort to husbands and wives.
I say to you of the living of heartache and pain
Take care of each other until we meet again
And I'm a shipwrecked sailor who's destined to roam
The shores of Nova Scotia,leading others home.
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