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30 August 2017 0 Comments

Mursheen Durkin

In the days I went a courtin’ I was never tired resortin’ To an ale-house or a playhouse and many’s the house besides But I told me brother Seamus I’d go off and be right famous And I never would return again ’til I roamed the world wide Goodbye Muirsheen Durkin sure I’m sick and […]

17 May 2015 0 Comments

Jericho

Written by Gordon Bok 1982.   When she’s a tight old staver, Then do all you can to save her; When she drops her dear old transom, Time to pack your gear and leave her.   Chorus:             Ho-ro, the wind and snow             Flying o’er the Jericho             When the stormy winds do blow […]

17 May 2015 0 Comments

Dark Eyed Sailor

As I roved out one evening fair It bein’ the summertime to take the air I spied a sailor and a lady gay And I stood to listen And I stood to listen to hear what they would say. He said “Fair lady, why do you roam For the day is spent and the night […]

17 May 2015 0 Comments

Final Trawl

Written by Archie Fisher in 2005, from his album Luminosity Now it’s three long years since we made her pay Sing haul away my laddie O And the owners say that she’s had her day And sing haul away my laddie O So heave away for the final trawl Sing haul away my laddie O It’s […]

17 May 2015 0 Comments

Limejuice Tub

When shearing comes lay down your drums Step on the board you brand new chums With a ra-dum ra-dum rub-a-dub-dub Send him home in a lime juice tub Chorus Here we are in New South Wales Shearing the sheep as big as whales With leather necks and daggy tails And hides as tough as rusty […]

4 December 2014 0 Comments

Go To Sea No More

When first I landed in Liverpool, I went upon a spree Me money alas I spent it fast, got drunk as drunk could be And when that me money was all gone, ’twas then I wanted more But a man must be blind to make up his mind to go to sea once more Once more, boys, once more, […]

18 August 2014 0 Comments

Finnegan’s Wake

Tim Finnegan lived in Walkin street, A gentleman Irish, mighty odd. He had a brogue both rich and sweet And to rise in the world he carried a hod. You see he’d a sort of a tipplin’ way With a love for the liquor he was born. And to help him on his way each […]

28 June 2014 0 Comments

Paddy West

Oh, as I was a-walkin’ down London roadI came to Paddy West’s houseHe give me a feed of American hashAnd he called it Liverpool scouseHe said “There’s a ship that’s wantin’ handsAnd on her you’d quickly signHer mate is a bastard, her bo’sun’s worseBut she will suit you fine”Take off yer dungaree jacketsAnd give yerselves […]

1 July 2013 0 Comments

Bonnie Ship the Diamond

The Diamond is a ship, my lads For the Davis Strait we’re bound The quay it is all garnished With bonnie lasses ’round Captain Thompson gives the order To sail the ocean wide Where the sun it never sets, my lads Nor darkness dims the sky Chorus: For it’s cheer up my lads Let your […]

5 February 2013 0 Comments

The Orpheus

(c) Rudy Sunde The Orpheus was a proud ship Sailing the ocean waves, The Orpheus was a doomed ship Sailing a watery grave In 1863, she left old Sydney town 250 men on board, for New Zealand bound The Tasman Sea was smooth and calm She made her eastern run Until she reached the Manukau […]