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Song for the Bowdoin

牋牋牋牋牋?Words & Music by Larry Kaplan; ?1976 Hannah Lane Music, BMI


牋牋牋牋牋?The schooner Bowdoin, built for Donald MacMillan, made 26 trips to the arctic.?Retired to Mystic seaport, she was brought back to Camden in the 1960s.?Larry made a song about her (which T.B.M. still sings) called "John", about Capt. John Nugent, who lived aboard her many years and was mostly the one who kept her alive in those hard times.?She recently returned to the Labrador under Capt. Andy Chase where children of?the original inhabitants there visited her with great joy, fulfilling Larry's vision of her so many years ago.

牋牋牋牋牋?Larry's version and mine have diverged over the years.?You may hear his singing of this and may others on a Folk Legacy album ?coming soon.


牋牋牋牋牋?You sailed the cold waters f the great Northern Bays

牋牋牋牋牋?The ice in your rigging and your rail in the waves

牋牋牋牋牋?And the snow in your canvas like a winter-gull's wing

牋牋牋牋牋?Oh, Lord, all the times you've been through.


牋牋牋牋牋?And now you've got hard times and now you lie still

牋牋牋牋牋?And you're fast to the anchor and chain

牋牋牋牋牋?Broken and tired and the winds pass you by

牋牋牋牋牋?But you're bound to go sailing again.


牋牋牋牋牋?You sailed out of Boothbay on the soft Southern swell

牋牋牋牋牋?Wind on your quarter, your bows rose and fell

牋牋牋牋牋?So many remember so much more than they'll tell (sic)

牋牋牋牋牋?of the hardest of times you've been through.


牋牋牋牋牋?Greenland and Baffin and the white Labrador

牋牋牋牋牋?In the winds and the terrible snow

牋牋牋牋牋?When they carried their icepicks just to bring you about

牋牋牋牋牋?In the light from the lantern below.


牋牋牋牋牋?And now?/p>


牋牋牋牋牋?So rest, lady, rest from the fog and the gales,

牋牋牋牋牋?Let the harbor protect you and the wind dry your sails

牋牋牋牋牋?And a hundred old sailors tell their foggiest tales

牋牋牋牋牋?Of all the hard times you've been through.


牋牋牋牋牋?And we'll see your masts mingle with the spruces and pines

牋牋牋牋牋?And we'll bow as we all pass you by

牋牋牋牋牋?for a boat is more patient than a sailor can be

牋牋牋牋牋?With the sun and the wind in his eye?/p>


牋牋牋牋牋?And now?/p>

Song for the Bowdoin is recorded on the album Schooners