#01047
Greedy Harbour (Greenleaf and Mansfield)

Down in Greedy Harbour I went one time,
I shipped on board with old man Ryan;
The skipper and I could not combine,
So with him I spent a very short time.

To my hookum naw, to my naw naw nee,
John Dooley's punt and a wee wah wee.

I have a cow and she gives milk,
I dress my cow in the finest silk;
I feed her on dried oats and hay,
And I milk my cow nine times a day.

To my hookum naw, to my naw naw nee,
John Dooley's punt and a wee wah wee.

Down in Greedy Harbour I went one time,
I picked up a jug I thought was wine;
I picked it up I thought was wine,
I gurgled it down... it was turpentine!

To my hookum naw, to my naw naw nee,
John Dooley's punt and a wee wah wee.

####.... Words and air composed by Jack Maher and Stephen Mullins of the SS Sagona ....####
Sung by Stephen Mullins [1891-1987] of Bonavista, and Jack Maher, of the SS Sagona, 1929, and published as #127 on pp.256-257 in Ballads And Sea Songs Of Newfoundland by Elisabeth Bristol Greenleaf and Grace Yarrow Mansfield (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1933; Folklore Associates, Hatboro, PA, 1968).

A variant was also collected as Grady's Harbour by MacEdward Leach [1897-1967] and published as #114 in Folk Ballads And Songs Of The Lower Labrador Coast by the National Museum of Canada (Ottawa, 1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

The SS Sagona was a passenger and freight ferry used by the Newfoundland government ferry service on its northern coastal routes between the island of Newfoundland and the coast of Labrador. Sagona was primarily a sealing vessel until 1938 bringing a total of 165,599 seals from 1912 until 1938 under captains Job Knee, Jack Randell, Lewis Little and Jacob Kean. ~ From Wikipedia




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