All Roads Lead to the Sea

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Lyrics

There’s a craggy old face in a rock wall,
Carved by the surf, so forlorn,
It looks down on a stark revelation
And is palled by a sea that intones:
Send me your strong and brave hearted,
But expect no clemency for,
Ye who are old will tally the toll
Of those who have gone from your shore.

She delivers with reckless abandon,
No distinction for young or the old,
She’ll exhibit her power, and envelop her prey,
And welcome them into her fold;
Yet we face her with steadfast defiance
As we follow our ancestors’ plea,
Resolute in our plan to live in this land
Where all roads lead to the sea.

Small difference what skill we apply there,
Be it fish or the seals or the oil,
Nor the road we have taken to get there,
‘Tis the place we have chosen to toil;
Together we lean to the great chore ahead,
Unconscious to perils, to odds,
We have braved the cold deep her treasures to reap,
To soar on the brine with the gods.

She delivers with reckless abandon,
No distinction for young or the old,
She’ll exhibit her power, and envelop her prey
And welcome them into her fold;
Yet we face her with steadfast defiance,
As we follow our ancestors’ plea,
Resolute in our plan to live in this land
Where all roads lead to the sea.

For centuries the trend has endured,
Seafarers have answered the call,
Not knowing what lies o’er the ocean,
Oh nay, oh no, not at all;
New horizons just lie there yet calling,
The adventure a signal to go,
When her arms do reach o’er
to corral from the shore,
All become one with her soul.

She delivers with reckless abandon,
No distinction for young or the old,
She’ll exhibit her power, and envelop her prey
And welcome them into her fold;
Yet we face her with steadfast defiance,
As we follow our ancestors’ plea,
Resolute in our plan to live in this land
Where all roads lead to the sea.
Resolute in our plan to live in this land
Where all roads lead to the sea.

The lyrics come from GEST Songs of Newfoundland and Labrador


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