From the recording Travelin Man

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Lyrics

I keep coming home just to see you my dear
My parents are old and their time's coming near
Well my pockets are rich and my back's getting poor
And I keep my chin high and my feet on the floor

Well It must've been some time since I last seen you
Since you waved me goodbye from your living room
Oh the company just paid my flight to come home
You know a week off ain't much when you travel alone

And I said I know, that our love can just never be
As long as I need Fort McMurray, love you know how much I miss the sea
And the breeze on the Mira River, oh the nights in Whale Cove were the best
As long as there's work on the oil rigs my lover, I'll leave you my heart
But I'll die in the West

Even out on the rigs I found Maritime charm
As I worked at the sides of my brothers in arms
Had the lads from the Rock and the Mainlanders too
When you're this far from home you connect by your roots

You see my grandfather spent half his life underground
And his lungs were so black that he may as well have drowned
And now I don't wish for my children to see
Their old man to look 50 when he's 33

And I said I know, that our love can just never be
As long as I need Fort McMurray, love you know how much I miss the sea
And the breeze on the Mira River, oh the nights spent with you were the best
As long as there's work on the oil rigs my lover, I'll leave you my heart
But I'll die in the West

Baby I know that you love the East Coast
So I raise up my glass and I offer a toast
To our last visit before I go back
Just to bank up my money while the oil sands last

Oh you must tell my son where he'll bury me
In the soil of Cape Breton I'd much rather be
and I hope I can save enough money to rest
When the time comes to cross my arms over my chest

And I said I know, that our love can just never be
As long as I need Fort McMurray, love you know how much I miss the sea
And the breeze on the Mira River, oh the nights spent with you were the best
As long as there's work on the oil rigs my lover, I'll leave you my heart
But I'll die in the West

And I said I know, that our love can just never be
As long as I need Fort McMurray, love you know how much I miss the sea
And the breeze on the Mira River, oh the nights spent with you were the best
As long as there's work on the oil rigs my lover, I'll leave you my heart
But I'll die in the West