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Wiscasset Schooners

牋牋牋牋牋??1985 Lois Lyman


牋牋牋牋牋?Lois spent part of her childhood in Wiscasset, Maine, where she was used to play aboard the hulks of the two schooners there, the Hesper and the Luther Little.?The vessels are disintegrating quickly now; she wrote this song to keep them and their history a bit closer to memory.?She and her husband, Ross, sing it with me here.

Gordon: Twelve string & vocals.?Ross Faneuf & Lois Lyman, vocals.

Doreen Conboy, fiddle.


牋牋牋牋牋?Do you remember riding home before a dying summer breeze,

牋牋牋牋牋?Your topsails gleaming golden, setting sun among the trees,

牋牋牋牋牋?And the osprey wheeling slowly through the shadows by the shore,

牋牋牋牋牋?Where the towering cliffs of granite plunge ten fathoms deep or more,

牋牋牋牋牋?And the eddies swirl and flow down below.


牋牋牋牋牋?You were solid-built of Douglas fir and oak and yellow pine,

牋牋牋牋牋?Two hundred feet, sailed by a crew that numbered only nine,

牋牋牋牋牋?Hauling lumber through your timberports, and dyewood from the south

牋牋牋牋牋?Running home from Norfolk bringing coal to heat the north

牋牋牋牋牋?And whatever they could stow down below.


牋牋牋牋牋?But the winter is upon you now, and time is passing slow

牋牋牋牋牋?And the tides ebb and flow down below.


牋牋牋牋牋?You served them well for fifteen years, your canvass all unfurled

牋牋牋牋牋?When New England sailing ships were found in ports around the world,

牋牋牋牋牋?But spars gave way to smokestacks, clouds of white to black and grey,

牋牋牋牋牋?There was nothing left for you to do but waste your time away.

牋牋牋牋牋?And the rot was spreading slow, down below.


牋牋牋牋牋?And the winter?/p>


牋牋牋牋牋?From Wiscasset to the China Lakes the Narrow Gauge did run,

牋牋牋牋牋?To push it northward to Quebec was old Frank Winter's plan ?/p>

牋牋牋牋牋?And schooners were to bring his cargoes in to meet the train,

牋牋牋牋牋?When he found you idle on the dock, he brought you down to Maine

牋牋牋牋牋?Where the tides ebb and flow down below.


牋牋牋牋牋?You know he tried the best he could, by he just couldn't make it pay

牋牋牋牋牋?So he ran you both aground, and turned around and walked away;

牋牋牋牋牋?You've been waiting here for fifty years, but no one set you free,

牋牋牋牋牋?Now you're broken down and dying, lying open to the sea,

牋牋牋牋牋?And the tides ebb and flow down below.


牋牋牋牋牋?And the winter?/p>

牋牋牋牋牋?The people come to stare at you with wonder in their eyes

牋牋牋牋牋?For times have changed since men knew how to work a ship your size.

牋牋牋牋牋?The seas you sailed are running black; in time we'll know our loss ?

牋牋牋牋牋?It's too late now for you, and is it too late now for us?

牋牋牋牋牋?Can you teach what you know before you go?


牋牋牋牋牋?And the winter is upon you now, and time is passing slow

牋牋牋牋牋?And the tides ebb and flow down below.



Wiscasset Schooners is recorded on the albums Schooners and?Harbors of Home