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牋牋牋牋牋牋牋?牋牋牋?Jack Hinks?

牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋?牋牋牋牋牋?Traditional Newfoundland: Quigley/Apollonio

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牋牋牋牋牋?Many years back my old shipmate Geordie Jennings brought me a fine little pamphlet of songs.?It was Gerald?S. Doyle's "Old Time Songs of Newfoundland" (Third Edition 1955).?Doyle says?"The author 厀as 'Johnny Quigley', the bard from Erin, as he was wont to be styled by Newfoundlanders in the old days?quot;?The first time I ever sang this for Nick Apollonio, his immediate comment was to sing the "O was ye drunk?quot; lines to another traditional tune.

 

January Men and Then Some

 

牋牋牋牋牋?Ye muses so kind who are guided by wind

牋牋牋牋?On the ocean as well as the shore

牋牋牋牋?Assist a poor bard how to handle his card

牋牋牋牋?Without ceasing where billows do roar

牋牋牋牋?Not of cupid he sings, nor of country nor kings

牋牋牋牋?Nor of any such trifles he thinks

牋牋牋牋?But of seafaring, sail making, gambling, capering

牋牋牋牋?Grog-drinking heroes like Hinks

 

牋牋牋牋?When Jack comes ashore he's got money galore

牋牋牋牋?For he's seldom cut short of a job

牋牋牋牋?He can dress as well now as any can tell

牋牋牋牋?With a good silver watch to his fob

牋牋牋牋?For Jack in his life was ne'er plagued with a wife

牋牋牋牋?Though sometimes with the lassies he links

牋牋牋牋?That seafaring?o:p>

 

牋牋牋牋?When inclined for to spend he comes in with a friend

牋牋牋牋?And with pleasure he sets himself down

牋牋牋牋?And he tips up his glass and he winks at the lass

牋牋牋牋?And he smiles if she happens to frown

牋牋牋牋?Like some rattling true-blue when the reckoning is due

牋牋牋牋?On the table his money he clinks

牋牋牋牋?That seafaring?o:p>

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牋牋牋牋?One evening last fall we fell in with a squall

牋牋牋牋?On the northernmost head of Cape Freels

牋牋牋牋?We were cast away without further delay

牋牋牋牋?At the thought, how my spirit it chills

牋牋牋牋?When cast on the rocks like a hard hunted fox

牋牋牋牋?Then on death and destruction he thinks

牋牋牋牋?That seafaring?o:p>

 

牋牋牋牋?Now Jack without fail was out in that same gale

牋牋牋牋?Having drove across Bonavist Bay

牋牋牋牋?Old Neptune did rail as they handed all sail

牋牋牋牋?And he had his two spars cut away

牋牋牋牋?But Providence kind who so eases the wind

牋牋牋牋?And on sailors so constantly thinks

牋牋牋牋?Saved that seafaring?o:p>

 

牋牋牋牋?Ah, but death it will come like the sound of a drum

牋牋牋牋?For to summon poor Jack to his grave

牋牋牋牋?There's naught he can do, for you all know 'tis true

牋牋牋牋?'Tis the same for both hero and slave

牋牋牋牋?And his soul soars aloft, so doleful and soft

牋牋牋牋?While the bell for the funeral clinks

牋牋牋牋?Oh peace to that seafaring?o:p>

 

牋牋牋牋?Nick's comment:

牋牋牋牋?Oh, was ye drunk or was ye blind

牋牋牋牋?When ye left your two fine spars behind?

牋牋牋牋?Or was it stivvering over the sea

牋牋牋牋?Took the two fine sticks from your decks away?

牋牋牋牋?To me too rye a, fall the diddle da

牋牋牋牋?Toorye, oorye, oorye a

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Jack Hinks is recorded on the album Herrings in the Bay

 

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