The Glenora (Lehr and Best)

Come all ye jolly fishermen,
come and listen to my song,
Come and hear about a banker
from Burgeo do belong.
Her name was the Glenora,
Tom Warren in command;
She was fitted from the Jersey room
from Burgeo, Newfoundland.

She carried a crew of six brave men
and dories she had two -
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
They all belonged to Burgeo,
each all of (whom) you know well
And they damn nigh met a dirty end
in one heavy northeast gale.

On the sixteenth day of April
the Nora she set sail -
Bound for the Banks of Scotland
to set another trawl;
The wind sprang up from the east-north-east
and around the head did roar -
As God should have it on that day,
Tom Warren he stayed on shore.

And when they had their trawl set,
they shaped her for the land,
The wind sprang up quite suddenly
but nothing could she stand;
They tried to beat her in Cannoire
when her double reefs gave way
And going into Galliboy
'twas aloft and bear away.

And on that following Friday morn
the wind it did die out -
Tom Warren got in his motor boat
the Nora to find out.
With Friday morning passed away
and evening coming on
The Glenora sailed into Muddy Hole
with double-reef foresail gone.

And when they sailed into Muddy Hole,
Captain Tom was at the wheel,
'Let run your jib,' he loudly roared,
'your jumbo too, as well;
And then let run your foresail
while she is shooting slow -
And then cocks-bill your anchor
all ready to let go.'

And when the anchor it runned down,
sure it was nearly dark -
Captain Tom gave orders what must be done
before it did come dark:
'And now, my boys, do not forget,
be sure and set the pump.'
'Twas Skipper Tom he sidled aft
and crawled into his bunk.

And then they cleared for sea again
if the Nora she will stand -
They carried the same skipper,
Tom Warren all in command.
At four o'clock that evening
the Nora hove in sight,
At six o'clock that evening
they anchored her all right.

And now my song is to an end,
to you I'll sing no more -
Tom Warren is off to the western ground
from Scotland to Cannoire.
And I swear a man like Skipper Tom
his head is rather large;
And between the sense and the foolishness,
I don't think he should have charge.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional Newfoundland song ....####
Collected by Genevieve Lehr and Anita Best in 1977 from Margaret Carroll [ca.1939-?] of Ramea, NL, and published as #44 in Come And I Will Sing You: A Newfoundland Songbook, pp.78-79, edited by Genevieve Lehr (University of Toronto Press ©1985/2003).

Genevieve Lehr noted that although she was not able to determine the exact location of the Banks of Scotland, Mr Clyde Rose informed her that they are somewhere in the Burgeo area off the Southwest Coast where, as a boy growing up, he remembers hearing people speak of local fishing banks called the Banks of Scotland. Lehr concluded by noting that the other place names referred to in the song are also in the Burgeo area.

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From the Dictionary of Newfoundland English:
Jersey room - tract of land on the waterfront of a cove or harbour, together with its facilities, from which the fishery was conducted by Channel Islanders, regardless of whether or not they came from Jersey or Guernsey.
Trawl - buoyed line, of great length, to which short lines with baited hooks are attached at intervals.


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