Henry Martin (Figgy Duff) MIDI, videos
#1722 YouTube video by gdgest
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

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There were three brothers in merry Scotland,
In merry Scotland there were three,
And they did cast lots which of them should go,
Should go, should go,
And turn robber all on the salt sea.

The lot it fell first upon Henry Martin,
The youngest of all of the three,
That he should turn robber all on the salt sea,
The salt sea, the salt sea,
For to maintain his two brothers and he.

They had not been sailing for a long winter's night
Nor part of a short winters day,
When they did espy a stout lofty ship,
Lofty ship, lofty ship,
Comin' and bearin' down on them straight way.

Hello, hello, cried Henry Martin,
What makes you sail so nice?
I'm a rich merchant ship bound for fair London town,
London town, London town.
Wouldn't you please for to let us pass by?

Oh no, oh no, cried Henry Martin,
This thing it never can be,
For I have turned robber all on the salt sea,
The salt sea, the salt sea,
For to maintain my two brothers and me.

So lower your tops'l and fire up your mizen,
Bring your ship under my lee,
For I have resolved for to pirate you here,
You here, you here,
For to maintain my two brothers and me.

So broadside for broadside and at it they went,
For fully two hours or three,
Till Henry Martin gave to them the death shot,
The death shot, the death shot,
And straight to the bottom went she.

Bad news, bad news to fair London came,
Bad news to fair London town,
There's been a rich vessel and she's passed away,
Passed away, passed away,
And all of her merry men drowned.

####.... Variant of a Scottish traditional, Henry Martyn [Child ballad #250] The English And Scottish Popular Ballads (1882-1898) edited by Francis James Child [1825-1896] ....####
Note: This arrangement by Noel Dinn [1947-1993] of St John's, NL, and Pamela Morgan [b.1957] of Grand Falls, NL, was recorded by their band, Figgy Duff (1974-1993) on the albums (Weather Out The Storm, trk#10, 1990, Hypnotic); and (Retrospective 1974-1993, trk#1, 1993, Amber Music); and (Figgy Duff Live - Silver Reunion, trk#10, 1999, Amber Music); and was also used in the sound track of the CTV and CBS television comedy-drama series, Due South (1994-1999).

See more songs by Figgy Duff.

See more Child Ballad variants from NFLD.

The video below features an excellent live performance of a variant by The Crimson Pirates at the 2007 New York Renaissance Faire.

#279 YouTube video by Kinravip
©2007 ~ Used with permission ~

The video below features a 12-string guitar performance of a variant by Tony Archibald from Port St Mary on the Isle of Man.

#1333 YouTube video by threelegsoman
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~


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