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And the fishermen
They set out again
Though the Irish Sea is boiling

And the women pray
As they’ve done each day
For a thousand years and counting

And the fishermen
Haul the grey nets in
Where the tarry ropes lie coiling

And the seabirds play
As they’ve done each day
For a thousand years and counting

And there’s some come home
And there’s others gone
Where the headland bell is tolling

And the women mourn
And then carry on
Ten thousand strong and counting.

A song about the strength of women whose husbands/partners leave them to go away and work, obviously with the immediate reference of the fishermen that set off from our own coast every day. Simple, hymnnal – Maurice’s original idea was just the first verse. I added a second and third during a tube journey to Willesden Green on a sunny October Sunday, sent them back over and Maurice completed the song by changing my rather optimistic and happy third verse about the fishermen returning home into something rather darker but ultimately more powerful, and let’s face it, better.

Here’s the original demo:

Written by Maurice Macartney & Steve Jones

Performed & produced by Steve Jones

Duke Special
Backing vocals
Declan Legge @ Big Space Studios
Engineering (Duke Special's vocals)

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