#02201
The Wreck Of The Annie Roberts (Daniel Payne)
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#2661: YouTube video by Daniel Payne
℗2008 ~ Used with permission ~

Ye true born sons of Newfoundland
come listen unto me,
And hear of the Annie Roberts
cut down when on the sea;
About two weeks ago today
the Annie she did sail,
Only one man left out of her crew
to tell the mournful tale.

O, the Annie Roberts Sydney left
it being on a Thursday night,
With a crew of Newfoundlanders
in spirits gay and bright;
Filled up with coal for Lamaline
that evening she did sail,
With her foresail and her mainsail reefed
before the southwest gale.

O, she sailed along and all went well
till on that fatal night,
When a steamer called the Risenor
her port light hove in sight;
Being on the Annie she bore down
and terrified her crew,
And with a crash that schooner's side
was quickly broke in two.

O, the commander of that iron ship
he had spun the vessel 'round,
But no sign of those missing men
could anywhere be found;
Only one survivor from the wreck,
although he grabbed an oar -
Got landed by that steamer's crew
and carried safe ashore.

O, the commander of that iron ship
he had swung the vessel 'round,
But no sign of those missing men
was nowhere to be found;
But one survivor from the wreck
they carried him kind and well,
And landed him safe in Sydney
the sad tale there to tell.

O, it's a hard and trying blow
for those that's left to mourn -
Their daughters, wives and sweethearts
do wait for their return;
They now sleep in a watery grave
with loved ones left to weep,
For those brave hearty fishermen
lie buried in the deep.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional Newfoundland ballad ....####
This variant was arranged and recorded by Daniel Obediah Payne [b.1977 in Cow Head, NL, on The Northern Peninsula] (Chain, 2008 CD, trk#13, from DOP productions, Corner Brook, NL, recorded and mastered by Paul MacDonald in St Ann's Bay, Cape Breton, NS).

A similar variant was collected by Genevieve Lehr and Anita Best in 1977 from Phillip Pius Power, Sr [1912-1993] of South East Bight, NL, and published as #1 in Come And I Will Sing You: A Newfoundland Songbook, pp.3-4, edited by Genevieve Lehr (University of Toronto Press ©1985/2003).

Genevieve Lehr noted that the Annie Roberts was wrecked near Sydney, NS, on 22 Oct, 1913, en route to Lamaline, NL.


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