The Girls Of Newfoundland (Kenneth Peacock)

We weighed our anchors in Harley Buck,
In a hot and humid clime;
The steam-boat took us in the run,
We soon leaved her behind.

We unfurled canvas fore and aft,
In a sweet and pleasant breeze;
Till lufting topsails carried us on,
As she crept o'er the seas.

Two nights and days we sailed that way,
Our ship before the wind;
Two nights and days we sailed that way,
Till we got on the line.

It's for our noble captain,
He's plowed the ocean far;
And, like him, our sea-faring mate,
A stout and jolly tar.

It was for those four young seamen bold,
Have nothing to trouble their mind;
But thinking on those handsome girls,
Which they had leaved behind.

And now we're anchored in Harbour Grace,
The land we do adore;
We'll now la'nch out our long-boats,
And lusty pull on shore.

Where we drank liquor there all day,
We'll drink an o'erflowing can;
We'll drink a health to all seamen bold,
That sails from Newfoundland.

Some pretty girls we will see there,
With hearts so young and gay;
Who like some early blossoms,
Blooms in the month of May.

The rose that blooms upon their cheek,
'Twould win the heart of man;
The pride of all our nation is,
Those girls of Newfoundland.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional Newfoundland song ....####
Collected in 1958 by Kenneth Peacock from Arthur Nicolle [1900-1971] of Rocky Harbour, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 3, pp.875-876, by The National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


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