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Herrings in the Bay - Gordon Bok

Herring Croon
Oh, No More
One More Morning
Herring Croon
Little River
Astoria Bar
The Boats of Peter’s River
O Vento
El Pescador
Jack Hinks
Oh, No More
Hush Song
Candlelight Fisherman
Help Me To Raise ‘Em
Round Our Skiff
Cannery Shed (Stella)
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Where is the Light / Memory for Seal Island
One More Morning

Herrings in the Bay
Gordon’s thoughtful tribute to the inshore fisheries of the British Isles, Australia and the Americas, offers different perspectives on the rugged lifestyle of the independent fishing industry. From the ever-charming ‘Herring Croon’ to ‘One More Morning’, Gordon’s oratorio on a night of purse-seining, each song is given that special Bok treatment of caring and masterful musicianship.

A special treat on this album is the music of talented songwriter Mary Garvey of the great Northwest, including the too-true humor of “Cannery Shed”. Also featured are the fabulous harmonies of The January Men And Then Some, the lovely harp music of Carol Rohl and the mellifluous voices of the glorious Quasimodal Chorus.

Our new soft packaging presents a visual feast as well, with color photos and images of Gordon’s nautical woodcarvings. Lyrics are included with the CD, 63 minutes.





Fishing was all around us here' we had a richness of it. Many of my friends (including my brother) have spent some part of their lives in a local fishery. I've seen some friends walk out of one fishery at forty looking for saner work and some grow old in another, saying that, over the years, they've "done pretty good." So many stories.

I've seen one fishery after another on two oceans go under, mostly in the name of greed, and there's no need of that When we lose a fishery, we lose an independent way of life, of living. There's shame in that, for all of us.
And the boats go then, of course. The low, kindly handhaulers with their quiet, converted Chevy engines go first, then the double-ended seineboats and the dories, then the rugged little seiners that would find other work in other seasons. And now the long, graceful sardine-carriers with their schooner lines are leaving us, one by one. You'll hear some of their names in one of these pieces. Each name is a book of people, of stories.


So these songs, from Ireland, England, Newfoundland, New England, the Carolinas, Brazil, Colombia and the Pacific Northwest should give you some different perspectives of a way of life.


HERRING CROON
©1965 Gordon Bok BMI

One of my early songs (that I didn't throw back). I forget what inspired it, but it's still fun to look at the world you think you know through others' eyes.

Gordon — laud

Where do you go, little herring, what do you see, tail and fin?
"Blue and green, cold and dark, seaweed growing high
Hills a hundred fathom deep where the dead men lie
Dogfish eyes and mackerels' eyes and they hunger after me
Net or weir, I don't care, catch me if you can."

Where do you go, little boat, tar and timber, plank and sail?
"I go to green bays, lift them under me Cold, gray, combing seas come to bury me
Rocky jaws and stony claws and they hunger after me
Harbors cold, deep and bold, wish that I could see."

What do you see, fisherman, poor old sailor, blood and bone?
"Mackerel skies, mares' tails, reef and furl and steer
Poor haul and hungry days, rotten line and gear
Snow-wind and winter gales and oh, they hunger after me
Net or weir, I don't care, catch you if I can."

Where do you go, little herring, what do you see, tail and fin?
"Blue and green, cold and dark, seaweed growing high
Hills a hundred fathom deep where the fishermen lie
Dogfish eyes and mackerels' eyes and oh, they hunger after me
Net or weir, I don't care, catch me if you can."

    
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