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1. Consequence Free
 
Na na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na na

Wouldn't it be great if no one ever got offended,
And wouldn't it be great to say what's really on your mind?
I've always said all the rules are made for bending,
And if I let my hair down, would that be such a crime?

Chorus:
Oh, and I wanna be consequence free
I wanna be where nothing needs to matter
I wanna be consequence free
Just say na na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na na

I could really use to lose my Catholic conscience
'Cause I'm getting sick of feeling guilty all the time
I won't abuse it, yeah, I've got the best intentions,
For a little bit of anarchy, but not the hurting kind

Chorus

I couldn't sleep at all last night
'Cause I had so much on my mind
I'd like to leave it all behind
But you know it's not that easy
Oh for just one night

Wouldn't it be great if the band just never ended
We could stay out late, and we would never hear last call
We wouldn't need to worry about approval or permission
We could slip off the edge, and never worry about the fall

Chorus

Na na na na na na na na na

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2. Feel It Turn

I had a dream I was moving forward
Floating gently to the sun
Come to see my world rewarded
A new day has begun

A lost bird caught in mid-migration
Faraway to a foreign land
Offspring of a secret nation
A new day has begun

Chorus:
Well, I can see the earth below me
And I can feel it turn
Feel it turn
Feel it turn
Feel it turn

Fog lifts to reveal potential
For generations prophesized
Our growth to be exponential
The promise is finally realized

Chorus

Feel it turn
Across the sky
The world it learns
So must I

Cut steel wired into water
Fixed links circumnavigate
Old men see your sons and daughters
No longer, no longer hesitate

Chorus

Feel it turn (fade out)

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3. Jack Hinks

Ah, when Jack comes ashore
He's got money galore
And he's seldom cut short of a job
He can dress now as well
As any can tell
With a good silver watch in his fob

Poor Jack in his life
Was ne'er paired with a wife
Though sometimes with lasses he links
He's a seafarin', sailmakin', gamblin', caperin'
Grog-drinking hero, Jack Hinks
Oh, Jack Hinks

When inclined for to spend
He walks in with a friend
And with pleasure he sits himself down
He tips off his glass
And he winks at the lass
And he smiles if she happens to frown

And like a ramblin' true blue
When the rent becomes due
On the table the money he clinks
He's a seafarin', sailmakin', gamblin', caperin'
Grog-drinking hero, Jack Hinks

*Instrumental bit*

Round home the other fall
We fell into a squall
Round the northermost head of Cape Freels
We were washed away
Without further delay
At the thought how my spirit it chills

We were bashed on the rocks
Like a hard-hunted fox
Of death and destruction he thinks
He's a seafaring sailmakin', gamblin', caperin'
Grog-drinking hero, Jack Hinks Oh, Jack Hinks

Jack without fail
Was out in that same gale
Having drove across Bonavist Bay
Oh Neptune did rail
As he handed all sail
And he had his two spars cut away

Oh, but Providence kind so eases the wind
And on sailors so constantly thinks
He saved
That seafarin', sailmakin', gamblin', caperin' (2x)
Grog-drinking hero, Jack Hinks

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4. Demasduit Dream

I dreamt I saw a woman
Standing by the strand
Waiting for her people
To come in from the land
Waiting there for seven days
She built a fire in the sand
Waiting for her people
To come in from the land

She had the look of a refugee
Hiding in her eyes
And when I tried to talk to her
She answered with a cry
And pointed to the water
Out beyond the harbourline
Where a thousand ships lay waiting
They lay waiting for my sign

Chorus:
But I remember days of sunlight
With my father by my side
And the children ran before us
Like the foam upon the tide

We ran like frightened partridge
When the strangers came to talk
Bringing sickness round them
And the thunder in their walk
We ran into the valleys
And we ran into the hills
The young they ran before us
Driven by a stranger's will

Chorus

I'm waiting by the landwash
With the giant standing near
I see them coming always
All the children and their fear
I'm waiting on my blanket
And the giant waits with me
And I will wait here always
As they fill the endless sea

Chorus (2x)

I remember days of sunlight
And I remember children
And I remember days of sunlight
And I remember ... I remember ... I remember ...

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5. Boston and St. John's

Girl, don't tell me that it's mornin'
Can we keep the curtains drawn?
I haven't given you fair warning
But our ship, she sails at dawn

Chorus:
And it's true I must be going, but I swear I won't be long
There isn't that much ocean between Boston and St. John's
Well I'm a rover, and I'm bound to sail away
I'm a rover, can you love me anyway?

And if some suitor comes approaching
Will you let him through your door?
And what if I return half-broken
Will you still want me anymore?

Chorus

Close your eyes and dream and tell me what you see
Tell me what you want, just tell me that you'll wait for me

But oh, don't tell me that it's mornin'
Can we keep the curtains drawn?
I haven't given you fair warning
But our ship, she sails at dawn

Chorus

Can you love me anyway?
Love me anyway

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6. Margarita

I see you in the front row, dancing up and down
You're ripped and ready for a night downtown
And all the pretty boys are chasing you around
Cos they all want to win your affections

Spent three hours getting ready for the show
Nothing on underneath and everybody knows
Mama said wear a coat or catch your death of cold
What's wrong with a little flirtation?

Chorus:
And then you smile at me
Is that a wink I see?
Did I catch your eye?
Should I even try?
Oh, my Margarita
Like to meet ya
Margarita
Think I need ya
Margarita
Margarita
Margarita
Margarita

Take your time, dance real slow
Remember that song from the radio
Got your old man's car, got a place to go
'Cause we all need a little temptation

Those two big fellas are looking for a fight
It's what they like to do on a Saturday night
Maybe it's the alcohol, maybe it's the lights
But they just want to get your attention

Chorus

Talk to me, baby, it's all right
I might look strange, but I don't bite
And if you'll let me hold your hand
I can find a way to make you understand

Called last call, now it's time to go
But I'm not the guy who gets to walk you home
We could have made history, I guess we'll never know
I'll see you in my dreams

Oh, my Margarita
I'd like to meet ya
My Margarita
I think I need ya
Margarita
Margarita
Margarita
Margarita
(repeat 2x)

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7. Trois Navires de Blé

Un gros coup de vent de nordet
Nous irons jouer sur le bord de l'eau
Un gros coup de vent de nordet
Nous irons jouer sur le bord de l'eau
Trois navires de blé s'en fit rentrer
Nous irons jouer
 
  A strong wind from the Northeast
  We will play at the water's edge
  A strong wind from the Northeast
  We will play at the water's edge
  Three wheat ships came
  We will play
 
Chorus:
Sur le bord de l'eau
Nous irons jouer dans l'île
 
  Chorus:
  At the water's edge
  We will play on the island
 
Trois filles d'un roi veulent marchander
Nous irons jouer sur le bord de l'eau
Trois filles d'un roi veulent marchander
Nous irons jouer sur le bord de l'eau
Et les jolies filles envoler le coeur
Nous irons jouer
 
  Three daughters of the king wish to shop
  We will play at the water's edge
  Three daughters of the king wish to shop
  We will play at the water's edge
  And the pretty girls make the heart fly
  We will play
 
Chorus
 
  Chorus
 
La plus jeune avait l'pied léger
Nous irons jouer sur le bord de l'eau
La plus jeune avait l'pied léger
Nous irons jouer sur le bord de l'eau
A bord d'la barque elle a sauté
Nous irons jouer
 
  The youngest was light on her feet
  We will play at the water's edge
  The youngest was light on her feet
  We will play at the water's edge
  To the side of the boat she skipped
  We will play
 
Chorus (2x)   Chorus (2x)
 
Combien vendez-vous votre blé?
Nous irons jouer sur le bord de l'eau
Combien vendez-vous votre blé?
Nous irons jouer sur le bord de l'eau
Seulement pour vous, six sous le boisseau
Nous irons jouer
 
  How much do you sell your wheat for?
  We will play at the water's edge
  How much do you sell your wheat for?
  We will play at the water's edge
  For only you, six cents a bushel
  We will play
 
Chorus (2x)
Dans l'île...  
  Chorus (2x)
  On the island...
 
J'entends ma mère m'appeller pour souper
Nous irons jouer sur le bord de l'eau
J'entends ma mère m'appeller pour souper
Nous irons jouer sur le bord de l'eau
Et les petits enfants pleurer
Nous irons jouer
 
  I hear my mother calling me for supper
  We will play at the water's edge
  I hear my mother calling me for supper
  We will play at the water's edge
  And the grandchildren cry
  We will play
 
Chorus (2x)
*Instrumental bit*
 
  Chorus (2x)
  *Instrumental bit*
 
Oh vous la belle vous vous mentez
Nous irons jouer sur le bord de l'eau
Et vous la belle vous vous mentez
Nous irons jouer sur le bord de l'eau
Jamais d'enfants vous n'avez eu
Nous irons jouer
 
  Oh you beautiful, you lie
  We will play at the water's edge
  Oh you beautiful, you lie
  We will play at the water's edge
  You have never had children
  We will play
 
Chorus (3x)
Dans l'île...
  Chorus (3x)
  On the island...

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8. Ferryland Sealer

Oh, our schooner and our sloop in Ferryland they do lie
They are already rigged to be bound for the ice
All you lads of the Southern we will have you to beware
She is going to the ice in the Spring of the year
Laddie whack fall the laddie, laddie whack fall the day

Our course be east-north-east for two days and two nights;
Our captain he cried out 'Boys, look ahead for the ice!'
And we hove her about standing in for the land,
And 'twas in a few hours we were firm in the jam.
Laddie whack fall the laddie, laddie whack fall the day

Oh our captain he cried out, 'Come on, boys, and bear a hand!'
Our cook he gets the breakfast and each man takes a dram.
With their hats in their hands it was earlye for to go,
Every man showed his action 'thout the missing of a blow.
Laddie whack fall the laddie, laddie whack fall the day

Some were killing some were scalping, some were hauling on board,
And some more they were firing and a-missing of their loads.
In the dusk of the evening all hands in from the cold,
And we counted nine hundred fine scalps in the hold.
Laddie whack fall the laddie, laddie whack fall the day

We are now off Cape Spear and in sight of Cape Broyle:
We will dance, sing, carouse, my boys, in just a little while.
We will soon enjoy the charms of our sweethearts and friends,
For it will not be long before we're down to the bend.
Laddie whack fall the laddie, laddie whack fall the day
Fall the laddie, laddie whack fall the day

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9. Can't Stop Falling

I wasn't looking for a lover
I wasn't looking for a friend
I wasn't working undercover
I wasn't trying to pretend
But then you walked across the dance floor
Just like the moon across the sky
And I knew that I would have to see more
I knew that I would have to try
I look into your eyes
And I realize

Chorus:
Oh no, I can't stop fallin'
My heart betrays me
And I know, I'll start to feel it all again
Won't someone save me

Well she jumped aboard the Brown Line
And I accidently caught her eye
She told me she was born a Libra
And I told her I was Gemini
She made suggestive conversation
Then she lightly brushed my hand
Overcome by her temptation
We jumped out down by the Strand
And in the English night
Oh I realized again

Chorus

She asked me to come inside
We could just talk for awhile
I wonder if I should but her touch
Her touch it feels so good

I look into your eyes
And I realize it again

Chorus

Oh no, I can't stop fallin'
My heart betrays me
And I know, I'll start to feel it all again
I must be crazy

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10. Old Brown's Daughter

Well there is an ancient party at the other end of town
And he keeps a little grocery store, ah the ancient's name is Brown
And he has a lovely daughter, such a treat I never saw
Oh I only hope someday to be the old man's son-in-law.

Well old Brown he sells from off his shelf most anything you please
He's got juice tarts for the little boys, lollipops and cheese
His daughter minds the store, and it's a treat just to see her serve
I'd like to run away with her but I don't have the nerve.

Chorus:
And it's old Brown's daughter she's a proper sort of girl,
Old Brown's daughter is as fair as any pearl,
I wish I were a Lord Mayor, a Marquis or an Earl
And blow me if I wouldn't marry old Brown's girl.
Blow me if I wouldn't marry old Brown's girl.

Well poor old Brown now, he has trouble with the gout,
He grumbles in his little parlour when he can't get out
Oh and when I make a purchase lord and she hands me the change
That girl she makes me pulverised, I feel so very strange

Chorus

But Miss Brown she smiles so sweetly when I say a tender word
Ah but old Brown says that she must wed a Marquis or a Lord,
And I don't suppose it's ever one of those things I will be
But by jingo next election I will run for Trinity.

Chorus

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11. I'm a Rover

Though the night be dark as dungeon
Not a star to be seen above,
I will be guided without a stumble
To the arms of me own true love.

I went up to her bedroom window,
Kneelin' gently upon a stone
I rapped on her bedroom window
"Darlin' dear, do you lie alone?"

Chorus:
I'm a rover, seldom sober
I'm a rover of high degree
And when I'm drinking, I'm always thinking
How to gain my love's company.

She raised her head from her feather pillow
With her arms up about her breast,
Saying "Who's at me bedroom window
Disturbin' me at me long night's rest?"

"It's only me, your own true lover,
Open the door and please let me in.
For I have come on a lonely journey,
And I'm near drenched to the skin."

Chorus

She opened the door with the greatest pleasure,
Opened the door and she let me in,
We both shook hands and embraced each other
'Til the mornin' we lay as one.

Well now, me love, I must go and leave you
Though the mountains be high above,
I will climb them with greater pleasure
That I've been with me only love.

Chorus 2x

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12. Captain Wedderburn

A nobleman's fair daughter
Came down a narrow lane.
And met with Captain Wedderburn,
The keeper of the game
Now my pretty fair miss
If it wasn't for the law,
You and I in a bed might lie
Roll me over next to the wall (2x)

Now, my dear good man, she said
Do not be perplexed,
Before that you might bed with me,
You must answer questions six.
Six questions you must answer me,
And I will ask them all,
And you and I in a bed might lie
Roll me over next to the wall (2x)

What is rounder than a ring,
And higher than the trees?
And what is worse than a woman's curse,
And what is deeper than the sea?
What bird sings first, which one best?
Where does the dew first fall?
And you and I in a bed might lie
Roll me over next to the wall (2x)

The earth is rounder than a ring,
And Heaven is higher than the trees,
The devil is worse than a woman's curse,
And Hell is deeper than the sea
The lark sings first, the thrush sings best,
Earth is where the dew falls
And you and I in a bed must lie
Roll me over next to the wall (2x)

He takes her by her lily-white hand
And leads her down the hall
And takes her by her slender waist
For fear that she might fall
And lays her on a bed of down
Without a doubt at all
And he and she lie in one bed
Roll me over next to the wall
(repeat 2 lines 2x)
Roll me over next to the wall (2x)

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13. Bad as I am

Here I go again
My heart's on the line
I'm willing to pretend
One more time
I got some life to spend
On even rhymes
But when I reach the end,
Will you, will you, will you be mine

Chorus:
This time I know you're not the answer to my prayer
And I have grown with each disappointment through the years
And as bad as I am, and as bad as I am
I'm still here

On the road again
I've paid a fine
Where now is the friend
I leave, I leave, I leave behind

I'm goin' round the bend
One more climb
But when I reach the end
Will you, will you, will you be mine

This time I know you're not the answer to my prayer
And I have grown with each disappointment through the years
And as bad as I am, and as bad as I am, and as bad as I am
I'm still here (repeat)

I'm still here (3x)
I'm still

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