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September Seventeen
For a girl I know, it's Mother's Day
Her son has gone alee
And that's where he will stay
Wind on the weathervane
Tearing blue eyes sailor-mean
As Falstaff sings a sorrowful refrain
For a boy in Fiddler's Green

His tiny knotted heart
Well I guess it never worked too good

The timber tore apart
And the water gorged the wood
You can hear her whispered prayer
For men at masts that always lean
That the same wind that moves her hair
Moves her boy through Fiddler's Green

Nothings changed anyways
Nothings changed anyways
Or any time today

He doesn't know a soul
And there's nowhere that he's really been
But he won't travel long alone
No, not in Fiddler's Green
Balloons all filled with rain
As children's eyes turn sleepy-mean
And Falstaff sings a sorrowful refrain
For a boy in Fiddler's Green

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    UnregisteredSep 22, 2011 at 2:14 am
    its about his nephew who died of heart failure actually. theyll never play it in concert. last time was 2009 i think.. too emotional
  • U
    UnregisteredMay 22, 2014 at 10:35 pm
    Yes, this song about Gordon Downie's nephew who died from a heart defect (I believe) shortly after birth. Around 2009 or so, it was performed for the first time live in around 20 years, and proved too much, as Gord stopped singing towards the end, and just held the microphone to his heart. If you dig around on YouTube, I'm pretty sure you can find a video of the performance.
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    JamierennJun 7, 2010 at 7:13 pm
    I think that it's about a baby boy that died at birth. I'm not an expert but that's just what I get from the song. I would like to hear what someone who knows more about poetry and writing thinks about it
  • U
    UnregisteredJun 8, 2012 at 7:38 pm
    I believe fiddlers green refer's to where sailor's go when they die, and this song is about a mothers son who dies at sea, thtas why he won't be alone long.
  • U
    UnregisteredJul 12, 2012 at 2:56 am
    Guys, fiddler's green is a highway exit/huge country road out in hamilton ontario, it's along the way to the highway of heroes where dead canadian soliders drive through on their way to their final resting place.

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