Homeward Bound (Gerald S Doyle)

See also: Bound For St Peters (J Payne & F O'Byrne)

We're bound to St Peter's for 'baccy and rum,
Goodbye, fare ye well, goodbye, fare ye well.
We're bound to St Peter's for 'baccy and rum,
Hurray, my bully boys, homeward bound!

'Tis out we are bound and 'tis out we must go,
Goodbye, fare ye well, goodbye, fare ye well.
'Tis out we are bound and we cannot say no,
Hurray, my bully boys, eastward bound.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional sea shanty ....####
This very short two-verse variant was published in Gerald S Doyle's Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland: Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers (Second edition, p.63, 1940; Third edition, p.29, 1955).

Also published on p.32 of Songs Of Newfoundland, a complimentary booklet of lyrics to twenty-one songs distributed by the Bennett Brewing Co Ltd, of St John's, NL, with the cooperation of the Gerald S Doyle Song Book from which the words were obtained.

Originally collected in 1929 from the singing of Sir Charles Hutton [1861-1949] of St John's, NL as #165 on p.336 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 longer eight-verse variant was arranged and recorded as Bound For St Peters by Jim Payne and Fergus O'Byrne (Wave Over Wave - 1997 East Coast Music Awards Roots/Traditional Artist nominee).

Note: From 1714 to 1764, the island of St Pierre, Miquelon, was an English possession. During that time, the name was anglicized to St Peter's, a name passed on by generations of Newfoundlanders.

From the Dictionary of Newfoundland English:
Baccy - tobacco.

See more Sea Shanties from NL.


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