The Ryans And The Pittmans (Gerald S Doyle)
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See also: The Ryans And The Pittmans (The Fables)

And also: Ryans And The Pittmans (Ryan's Fancy)

And also: We'll Rant And We'll Roar (Omar Blondahl)

And also: We'll Rant And We'll Roar (Chris Andrews)

And also: We'll Rant And We'll Roar (Mac Leach)

And also: Rant & Roar (Great Big Sea)

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We'll rant and we'll roar like true Newfoundlanders,
We'll rant and we'll roar on deck and below,
Until we strike bottom inside the two sunkers,
When straight through the Channel to Toslow we'll go.

I'm a son of a sea-cook, and a cook in a trader,
I can dance, I can sing, I can reef the main boom;
I can handle a jigger, and cuts a big figure,
Whenever I gets in a boat's standing room.

If the voyage is good then this fall I will do it,
I wants two pound ten for a ring and the priest,
A couple o' dollars for clane shirts and collars,
And a handful o' coppers to make up a feast.

There's plump little Polly, her name is Goldsworthy,
There's John Coady's Kitty, and Mary Tibbo;
There's Clara from Bruley, and young Martha Foley,
But the nicest of all is my girl in Toslow.

Farewell and adieu to ye fair ones of Valen,
Farewell and adieu to ye girls in the cove;
I'm bound for the Westward, to the wall with the hole in,
I'll take her from Toslow the wide world to rove.

Farewell and adieu to ye girls of St Kyran's,
Of Paradise and Presque, Big and Little Bona,
I'm bound unto Toslow to marry sweet Biddy,
And if I don't do so, I'm afraid of her da.

I've bought me a house from Katherine Davis,
A twenty-pound bed from Jimmy McGrath;
I'll get me a settle, a pot and a kettle,
Then I'll be ready for Biddy - Hurrah!

I brought in the Ino this spring from the city,
Some rings and gold brooches for the girls in the bay;
I brought me a case-pipe - they call it a Meerschaum,
It melted like butter upon a hot day.

I went to a dance one night in Fox Harbour,
There were plenty of girls, so nice as you wish;
There was one pretty maiden a-chawing of frankgum,
Just like a young kitten a-gnawing fresh fish.

Then here is a health to the girls of Fox Harbour,
Of Oderin and Presque, Crabbe's Hole and Bruley;
Now let ye be jolly, don't be melancholy,
I can't marry all, or in chokey I'd be.

####.... Henry W Le Messurier, CMG [1848-1931] c.1877-1878 - civil servant (60 years); politician; author; editor of the Evening Herald and later deputy minister of customs in St John's, NL ....####
Published in Gerald S Doyle's Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland: Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers (2nd Ed, p.53, 1940; 3rd Ed, p.51, 1955).

Also published on pp.14-15 of Songs Of Newfoundland, a complimentary booklet of lyrics for 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 these lyrics were obtained.

Printed in 1912 on pp.6-7 of Old Songs Of Newfoundland and in 1923 on pp.15-16 of Songs Their Fathers Sung, For Fishermen: Old Time Ditties, both published in St John's by James Murphy [1867-1931].

A variant was sung by Clara O'Driscoll [1899-1978] of Tors Cove, NL, and published as We'll Rant And We'll Roar in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada ©2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was recorded as Newfoundlanders Lament by Dick Nolan on two early albums (Be True Newfoundlanders, c.1968, and Newfie Hits).

See more NL Sea Shanties.

Note: Paradise, Oderin, Presque, Brule, and St Kyran's are tiny fishing villages along the west coast of Placentia Bay.

From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Settle - long, home-made wooden bench with arms and high back; unupholstered couch; stretcher.
Sunker - submerged rock over which the sea breaks; familiar form of sunken rock; breaker; grounder.


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