#00008
The Balena (Traditional) midi, score, video

See also: Old Polina (Gerald S Doyle)

And also: Old Polina (William T (Paddy) Gearin)

sheet music

#984: YouTube video by Colin Ormston
©2016 ~ Used with permission ~

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The noble fleet of whalers
went sailing from Dundee,
Well manned by British sailors
to work upon the sea;
On the western ocean passage
none can with them compare,
For there's not a ship could make the trip
as Balena I declare.

Oh, the wind is on the quarter,
her boiler's burning free,
There's not another whaler
that sails out of Dundee,
Can match the ould
Balena,
she'll need no trial run,
For we challenge all both great and small
from Dundee to St John's.

It happened on a Tuesday
three days out of Dundee,
The gale took off the long boat
and a couple of men you see;
That took away our bulwark,
our stanchions and our rails,
And left the ould Balena boys
a frothing in the gales.

Oh, the wind is on the quarter,
her boiler's burning free,
There's not another whaler
that sails out of Dundee,
Can match the ould
Balena,
she'll need no trial run,
For we challenge all both great and small
from Dundee to St John's.

There's a new built Terra Nova,
she's a model with no doubt,
There's the Arctic and Aurora
you've heard so much about;
There's Jacklin's model mail-boat,
the terror of the sea,
Couldn't beat the ould Balena boys
on a passage from Dundee.

Oh, the wind is on the quarter,
her boiler's burning free,
There's not another whaler
that sails out of Dundee,
Can match the ould
Balena,
she'll need no trial run,
For we challenge all both great and small
from Dundee to St John's.

Bold Jacklin cut the canvas
and fairly raised the steam,
And Captain Guy with Erin Boy
goes ploughing through the stream;
But Millan says the Eskimo
could beat the bloomin' lot,
But to beat the ould Balena boys
they'd find it rather hot.

Oh, the wind is on the quarter,
her boiler's burning free,
There's not another whaler
that sails out of Dundee,
Can match the ould
Balena,
she'll need no trial run,
For we challenge all both great and small
from Dundee to St John's.

And now that we have landed, boys,
where the rum is mighty cheap,
We'll drink success to Captain Guy
for getting o'er the deep;
And health to all our sweethearts
and to our wives so fair,
Not another ship could make that trip
but the Balena I declare.

Oh, the wind is on the quarter,
her boiler's burning free,
There's not another whaler
that sails out of Dundee,
Can match the ould
Balena,
she'll need no trial run,
For we challenge all both great and small
from Dundee to St John's.

Oh, the wind is on the quarter,
her boiler's burning free,
There's not another whaler
that sails out of Dundee,
Can match the ould
Balena,
she'll need no trial run,
For we challenge all both great and small
from Dundee to St John's.

####.... Author unknown. British variant of Old Polina, a traditional Newfoundland song ....####
Old Polina was published in Gerald S Doyle's Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland: Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers (3rd Ed, pp.44-45, 1955).

The video above features a performance of a variant by the group 3D and includes Colin Ormston, Barry Robinson and Fred Gill from Lancashire, England. They were together in a folk group back in the early 1970's then drifted apart and didn't see each other again for 40 years! Discovering they had continued to have an active interest in music (Barry took voice training for his love of opera), they decided to get together again and lay down some of their favourite folk tracks across the years, a project which is ongoing. The group name 3D is a bit of a whimsical private joke and stands for Dementia, Dyslexia, and Dyspepsia, given the members' ages.




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