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Lyrics - The Oyster Wife
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give me a river coverYou can hear the guns go off not so very far away-
Patrol boats are running with the tide.
Just pray to god that your daddy's safe away.
We don't have cash to pay another fine.
And it's a cold wind that blows where the oyster dredges go
It's a mighty tough way to make a dollar.
It's a hard, hard row, dredging for white gold,
Finding your fortune on the water.

I was just eighteen when your dad and I first spoke,
By twenty we had said our wedding vows.
That first winter season, we had paid off on the boat.
The second season out we bought the house.
Then it came on lean, and the war came in between.
the oyster wife coverA bushel just don't bring bring in what it used to.
And the lawmen come and say, we can't dredge here anyway
But at night they'll oyster anywhere they choose to.

   And it's a cold wind that blows where the oyster dredges go
   It's a mighty tough way to make a dollar.
   It's a hard, hard row, dredging for white gold,
   Finding your fortune on the water.

Some day we'll buy a store where we'll sell the dredging gear.
The trade will keep us busy and well fed.
And each and every night, we can wish ourselves good cheer,
And climb the staircase safely to our bed.
We'll set a lamp alight in the window every night,
And say a prayer for souls out on the river.
But till that dream comes true, pray all those guns can do
Is shoot a few more grey hairs on your mother.

You can hear the guns go off not so very far away-
Patrol boats are running with the tide.
Just pray to god that your daddy's safe away.
We don't have cash to pay another fine.

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