Mermaid sits on a Siwash Rock in the harbour,
Watching the children play.
And every day,
Sun or rain,
Old man kneels to the earth to pray
For the rain and the stars and the cars at the heart;
The dark
And windy
Vancouver.
A black day in December.

She sees the worst is yet to come:
A big wave on the horizon.
The first wind blowing in left
Stanley soldiers felled and broken.
And we went on...

Old man kneels to the earth in his mother's garden,
Where his own father was laid,
And every day,
Sun or rain,
Mermaid sits on her rock and she prays
For the salmon in the sea,
For the winged in the trees,
For the old man on his knees;
For the beauty in the park,
And the cars at the heart;
Her own sisters and her brothers
And ten thousand friends and lovers.
A black day in December.

Mermaid sits on a tide-washed rock in the harbour,
Where the blue heron would lay,
And everyday,
Sun or rain,
Old friends fall to the earth and decay
With the city by the sea;
Sweet brine in the breeze,
And the mountains watching over
Her Vancouver.
A black day in December.


Lyrics submitted by Kelp12, edited by CAKunited

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    Song MeaningQuoting an article from Straight magazine ("Said the Whale maps a musical wilderness", October 8, 2009):

    "Black Day in December [...] offers a lament for the 10,000 or so trees that blew down in Stanley Park during the devastating windstorm of 2006."
    markprzepioraon December 10, 2011   Link

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