5 May 2010 2 Comments

Southern Ocean (Mollymawk)

Written by Bob Watson (Not technically a NZ song, but made famous by Bob Large and the Maritime Crew)

Oh the southern ocean is a lonely place
Where the storms are many and the shelter’s scarce
Down upon the southern ocean sailing
Down below Cape Horn
On the restless water and the troublin’ skies
You can see that mollymawk wheel and fly
Down upon the southern ocean sailing
Down below Cape Horn

Won’t you ride the wind and go, white seabird
Won’t you ride the wind and go, mollymawk
Down upon the southern ocean sailing
Down below Cape Horn

See the mollymawk floatin’ on his wide white wings
And lord, what a lonely song he sings
And he’s got no compass and he’s got no gear
And there’s none can tell you how the mollymauks steer

He’s the ghost of a sailor-man as I’ve heard say
Who’s body sank, and his soul flew away
And he’s got no haven and he’s got no home
He’s bound evermore for to wheel and roam

When I gets too weary for to sail no more
Let my bones sink better far away from shore
You can cast me loose and leave me driftin’ free
And I’ll keep that big bird company

2 Responses to “Southern Ocean (Mollymawk)”

  1. Peter Thomas 28 March 2018 at 10:03 am #

    Hello ,
    Our shanty crew , the Back Beach Boyz , of Teignmouth , England , would like to include the Mollymauk on our next CD . Do you happen to know anything about the copyright?
    Thank you , Pete Thomas

  2. admin 28 March 2018 at 11:10 am #

    Was written by Bob Watson. Might be worth tracking him down.
    Good luck on the recording:)


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