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You Aint a Nova Scotian If You Dont Like Fish

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You Ain't a Nova Scotian If You Don't Like Fish

You Ain't a Nova Scotian If You Don't Like Fish

You can tell a Nova Scotian
By the fragrance of the ocean,
For they always wear the perfume of the North Atlantic spray
But if you can't seem to smell 'em,
There's another way to tell 'em
For you'll always know a Bluenose by his diet right away!
 (spoken) What do we eat? We eat...
     Fish bones, herrin', oysters when we're daring.
     And we often take a bake of hake 'cause that's a dandy dish!
     To make chowder fit for dolphins, throw in everything but

sculpins
     And you ain't a Nova Scotian if you don't like fish!

What we eats, until we're bustin'
Most Albertans find disgustin'.
For it seems salt cod's upsettin' to that dainty western tongue.
And with faces hard and stony,
They say "Herrin's too durn boney"
But there's nothing for dissolving bones like Nova Scotian rum.
 (spoken) and so we eat:
     Cod cheeks, cod tongues, even though they're odd tongues
     Fish sticks and Digby chicks as dainty as you wish.
     We eat flat fish, like the flounder
     And some others that are rounder
     And you ain't a Nova Scotian if you don't like fish!

You won't find no haddock fillets
In them Manitoba skillets
And away out in Saskatchewan they don't know fish from beets
Way out in Red River Valley
They can't tell scallops from tomally
And you'll get no clams or salmon with your dandelion treats.
 (spoken) But us, we eat:
     Finnan haddie, good for lass or laddie
     And a smoked eel will make you feel
     Like dancin' ish a tish
     We cook up salimugundi
     Twenty seven ways from Sunday
     And you ain't a Nova Scotian if you don't like fish!

Now lest there be a mix-up
There's just one thing I should fix up
For there's some that can't tell us from
Newfoundlanders tried and true;
We eat hake and cod and kippers,
But we don't eat seal flippers
And that's how you tell the difference, 'cause the Newfoundlanders do!
 (spoken) We just eat:
     Mackerel, pollock
     They never give you colic
     If you wash down your tuna
     with a little drink of squish
     We love a mess of shad roe
    <Herring>, cod and gaspereau
     And you ain't a Nova Scotian
    (By the Holy land o' Goshen)
    And you've never seen the ocean
   If you don't like fish!

Sung by Goux and Sulanowski
RG
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