Bound Down To Newfoundland (MacEdward Leach)

See also: Schooner Mary Ann (MacEdward Leach)

And also: Bound Down For Newfoundland (Ryans Fancy)

You landsmen that live on land,
It's little do you know,
What us poor seamen do endure,
When stormy winds do blow;
On St Patrick's Day, we sailed away,
In the schooner Mary Ann,
We left New York, our native home,
Bound down for Newfoundland.

The morning service it being o'er,
We quickly slipped our lines,
And the Liberty statue in New York,
We soon left far behind;
We spread our canvas to the breeze,
For to shove us off the land,
As we squared away from our native homes,
Bound down to Newfoundland.

Our captain was a strapping youth,
Scarce thirty years of age,
He was wedded to his loving wife,
Three days before we sailed;
But little did she ever think,
As you might understand,
That her husband dear she would see no more,
As he sailed for Newfoundland.

Three days after we set sail,
Our captain he fell sick,
And scarcely was he able,
To show himself on deck;
He called his mate unto him,
And thus to him did say,
"I am stricken down with some disease,
As you might understand.
"And to you, my mate, I will leave full charge,
Bound down to Newfoundland.

But if you can reach any port,
On the Nova Scotia shore,
Give me a decent burial,
Of you I'll ask no more;
And if you ever do reach New York,
My death you will make known,
For my dying, sorrow it will bring,
To my once-loved native shore."

With saddened hearts we swung her off,
His orders to obey,
We made the land quite early,
All on that very day;
And four o'clock in the evening,
It was at God's command,
In Arichat our captain died,
Bound down to Newfoundland.

The doctor he was called on board,
His death for to make known,
Smallpox on board was raging,
Was told to every man;
It was on the following evening,
Two more were sent on shore,
May the Lord have mercy on their souls,
We shall never see them more.

Out of five bold youths that left New York,
Only two now did return,
Home to their wives and families,
Their losses for to mourn;
Home to their wives and families,
And never more to roam,
And learn to live as landsmen do,
Forever safe at home.

####.... Variant of a late 19th-century native American ballad authored by Captain Cale White, Bound Down To Newfoundland [Laws D22] Native American Balladry (G Malcolm Laws, 1964) ....####
Collected in 1950 from James Maher [1885-1969] of Flatrock, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA). Leach also collected a variant in 1951 from Francis (Frank) Knox [1918-?] of St Shott's, NL, and published it as Schooner Mary Ann in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was also collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1958 from Clarence Bennett [1926-1993] of St Paul's NL, and published as Bound Down For Newfoundland in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 3, pp.905-906, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

A variant was also collected by Helen Creighton [1899-1989] and published as Bound Down For Newfoundland in Songs And Ballads From Nova Scotia (Dent, 1932; Dover 1966).

And yet another variant was collected in 1977 from John Hayman [1903-?] of Ramea, NL, by Genevieve Lehr and Anita Best and published as #73, The Schooner Mary Ann, in Come And I Will Sing You: A Newfoundland Songbook, pp.126-127, edited by Genevieve Lehr (University of Toronto Press © 1985/2003).

Genevieve Lehr noted that this song was composed after 1886, the year the Statue of Liberty was erected. Lehr also noted that in some collections this song is assumed to be a native ballad while in others it is considered to be American.

See more songs by Lehr and Best .

A variant was recorded as Bound Down For Newfoundland by Ryan's Fancy on their first album, a re-release of the album Sullivan's Gypsies (Ryan's Fancy Sung By Sullivan's Gypsies, trk#3, 1970, Harmony/Columbia Records, Toronto, ON).

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

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