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Bay of Fundy

[Gordon Bok]

Louis Killen sang Bay of Fundy on his 1989 cassette, The Rose in June. He commented in the liner notes:

Gordon Bok told me that a trip on a schooner from Bar Harbour, Maine, birthed this song. After one day out, the wind dropped and left the sails flapping for the next eleven days while she drifted in and out of the Bay of Fundy. The accompaniment was inspired by the bell buoys in Provincetown harbour.

Folly Bridge sang Bay of Fundy in 1992 on their second WildGoose cassette, Unabridged. Claire Lloyd commented:

A contemporary folk song written by Gordon Bok, about a trip on a sailboat from Maine to Halifax, Nova Scotia, The Bay of Fundy is renowned for having the highest tides in the world and freak weather conditions, including deep fog.

Lyrics

Louis Killen sings Bay of Fundy

All you Maine-men, proud and young,
When you run your Easting down,
𝄆 Don't go down to Fundy Bay,
She'll wear your time away. 𝄇

Fundy's long and Fundy's wide,
Fundy's fog and rain and tide;
Never see the sun or sky,
Just the green wave passing by.

Chorus:
Cape Sable's horn blows all day long;
I wonder why, I wonder why.

You know, I would rather ride
Grenfell Strait or the Breton tide,
𝄆 Spend my days on Labrador,
Never see old Fundy's shore, 𝄇

Give her staysail, give her main,
In the darkness and the rain;
I don't mind the wet and cold,
Just don't like the growing old.

Chorus:
Cape Sable's horn blows all day long;
I wonder why, I wonder why.

East-by-North or East-North-East,
Give her what she steers the best;
I don't want the foggy waves
To be my far and lonely grave.

Final chorus:
Cape Sable's horn blows all day long;
I wonder why, I wonder why.
Cape Breton's bells ring the swells;
Ring for me, ring for me.