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The Wellermen

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1.
My mother told me Someday I will buy Galley with good oars Sail to distant shores Stand up on the prow Noble barque I steer Steady course to the haven Hew many foe-men My mother told me Someday I will buy Galley with good oars Sail to distant shores Stand up on the prow Noble barque I steer Steady course to the haven Hew many foe-men My mother told me Someday I will buy Galley with good oars Sail to distant shores Stand up on the prow Noble barque I steer Steady course to the haven Hew many foe-men
2.
I was 24 years old When I met the woman I would call my own 22 grandkids now growing old In that house that your brother bought ya On the summer day when I proposed I made that wedding ring from dentist gold And I asked her father, but her daddy said, "No You can't marry my daughter" She and I went on the run Don't care about religion I'm gonna marry the woman I love Down by the Wexford border She was Nancy Mulligan And I was William Sheeran She took my name, and then we were one Down by the Wexford border Well, I met him at guy's in the second world war When I was working on a soldier's ward Never had I seen such beauty before The moment that I saw you He said I was his yellow rose And we got married wearing borrowed clothes We got eight children now growing old Five sons and three daughters She and I went on the run Don't care about religion I'm gonna marry the woman I love Down by the Wexford border She was Nancy Mulligan And I was William Sheeran She took my name, and then we were one Down by the Wexford border From the snow-white streak in her jet black hair Over 60 years, I've been loving her Now we're sat by the fire in our old armchairs You know, Nancy, I adore ya From a farm boy born near Belfast town I never worried about the king and crown 'Cause I found my heart upon the southern ground There's no difference, I assure ya She and I went on the run Don't care about religion I'm gonna marry the woman I love Down by the Wexford border She was Nancy Mulligan And I was William Sheeran She took my name, and then we were one Down by the Wexford border She took my name, and then we were one Down by the Wexford Border
3.
Old Maui 03:10
It's a damn tough life, full of toil and strife, we whalermen undergo And we don't give a damn when the gale is done how hard the winds did blow 'Cause we're homeward bound from the Arctic ground with a good ship taut and free And we won't give a damn when we drink our rum with the girls from old Maui Rolling down to old Maui, me boys, rolling down to old Maui We're homeward bound from the Arctic ground, rolling down to old Maui Once more we sail with the northerly gale through the ice and wind and rain Them coconut fronds, them tropical lands, we soon shall see again Six hellish months we've passed away on the cold Kamchatka sea But now we're bound from the Arctic ground, rolling down to old Maui Rolling down to old Maui, me boys, rolling down to old Maui We're homeward bound from the Arctic ground, rolling down to old Maui Once more we sail with the northerly gale, towards our island home Our mainmast sprung, our whaling done, and we ain't got far to roam Our stu'n's'l booms is carried away, what care we for that sound? A living gale is after us, thank God we're homeward bound Rolling down to old Maui, me boys, rolling down to old Maui We're homeward bound from the Arctic ground, rolling down to old Maui How soft the breeze through the island trees, now the ice is far astern Them native maids, them tropical glades, is awaiting our return Even now their big brown eyes look out, hoping some fine day to see Our baggy sails, running 'fore the gales, rolling down to old Maui Rolling down to old Maui, me boys, rolling down to old Maui We're homeward bound from the Arctic ground, rolling down to old Maui Rolling down to old Maui, me boys, rolling down to old Maui We're homeward bound from the Arctic ground, rolling down to old Maui
4.
Ah, for just one time I would take the Northwest Passage To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea Tracing one warm line through a land so wild and savage And make a Northwest Passage to the sea Westward from the Davis Strait 'tis there 'twas said to lie The sea route to the Orient for which so many died Seeking gold and glory, leaving weathered, broken bones And a long-forgotten lonely cairn of stones Ah, for just one time I would take the Northwest Passage To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea Tracing one warm line through a land so wild and savage And make a Northwest Passage to the sea Three centuries thereafter, I take passage overland In the footsteps of brave Kelsey, where his Sea of Flowers began Watching cities rise before me, then behind me sink again This tardiest explorer, driving hard across the plain Ah, for just one time I would take the Northwest Passage To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea Tracing one warm line through a land so wild and savage And make a Northwest Passage to the sea And through the night, behind the wheel, the mileage clicking west I think upon Mackenzie, David Thompson and the rest Who cracked the mountain ramparts and did show a path for me To race the roaring Fraser to the sea Ah, for just one time I would take the Northwest Passage To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea Tracing one warm line through a land so wild and savage And make a Northwest Passage to the sea How then am I so different from the first men through this way? Like them, I left a settled life, I threw it all away To seek a Northwest Passage at the call of many men To find there but the road back home again Ah, for just one time I would take the Northwest Passage To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea Tracing one warm line through a land so wild and savage And make a Northwest Passage to the sea
5.
The king and his men Stole the queen from her bed And bound her in her bones The seas be ours And by the powers Where we will, we'll roam Yo, ho, all together Hoist the colours high Heave ho, thieves and beggars Never shall we die Yo, ho, haul together Hoist the colours high Heave ho, thieves and beggars Never shall we die Some men have died And some are alive And others sail on the sea – With the keys to the cage... And the Devil to pay We lay to Fiddler's Green! The bell has been raised From it's watery grave... Do you hear it's sepulchral tone? We are a call to all Pay heed the squall And turn your sail toward home! Yo, ho, all together Hoist the colours high Heave ho, thieves and beggars Never shall we die!
6.
It's been a long time since you've seen her Could have been three years or more. Will she be waiting when we dock, boys Or like others will she be gone? It's one more pull boys, that'll do boys Soon we'll draw alongside. Hoist her upwards boys, swing her inboard For the journey's nearly done. Well you're looking mighty smart, boy Dressed up in your number ones You've scrounged a new blade from the purser To take the bum-fluff from off your chin. When we've fixed those bow and stern lines And you've scuttled down the gangway If she's waiting there, just kiss her Turn around, give us a smile. Well, we too will go ashore soon (Get drunk in the clubs and bars,) Then stagger homeward, pockets empty Like so many nights before. Well a man may take a wife, boy And a man may take a mistress, But a sailor has his ship, boys And his mistress it is the sea For the journey now is done.
7.
Far over the Misty Mountains cold To dungeons deep and caverns old We must away, ere break of day To seek our pale enchanted gold The dwarves of yore made mighty spells While hammers fell like ringing bells In places deep, where dark things sleep In hollow halls beneath the fells For ancient king and elvish lord There many a gleaming golden hoard They shaped and wrought, and light they caught To hide in gems on hilt of sword On silver necklaces they strung The flowering stars, on crowns they hung The dragon-fire, on twisted wire They meshed the light of moon and sun Far over the Misty Mountains cold To dungeons deep and caverns old We must away, ere break of day To claim our long-forgotten gold Goblets they carved there for themselves And harps of gold, where no man delves There lay they long, and many a song Was sung unheard by men or elves The pines were roaring on the heights The wind was moaning in the night The fire was red, it flaming spread The trees like torches blazed with light The bells were ringing in the dale And men looked up with faces pale The dragon's ire, more fierce than fire Laid low their towers and houses frail The mountain smoked beneath the moon The dwarves, they heard the tramp of doom They fled the hall to dying fall Beneath his feet, beneath the moon Far over the Misty Mountains grim To dungeons deep and caverns dim We must away, ere break of day To win our harps and gold from him! The wind was on the withered heath But in the forest stirred no leaf There shadows lay be night or day And dark things silent crept beneath The wind came down from mountains cold And like a tide it roared and rolled The branches groaned, the forest moaned And leaves were laid upon the mould The wind went on from West to East; All movement in the forest ceased But shrill and harsh across the marsh Its whistling voices were released The grasses hissed, their tassels bent The reeds were rattling--on it went O'er shaken pool under heavens cool Where racing clouds were torn and rent It passed the Lonely Mountain bare And swept above the dragon's lair There black and dark lay boulders stark And flying smoke was in the air It left the world and took its flight Over the wide seas of the night The moon set sail upon the gale And stars were fanned to leaping light Under the Mountain dark and tall The King has come unto his hall! His foe is dead, the Worm of Dread And ever so his foes shall fall! The sword is sharp, the spear is long The arrow swift, the Gate is strong The heart is bold that looks on gold The dwarves no more shall suffer wrong The dwarves of yore made mighty spells While hammers fell like ringing bells In places deep, where dark things sleep In hollow halls beneath the fells On silver necklaces they strung The light of stars, on crowns they hung The dragon-fire, from twisted wire The melody of harps they wrung The mountain throne once more is freed! O! Wandering folk, the summons heed! Come haste! Come haste! Across the waste! The king of friend and kin has need Now call we over the mountains cold 'Come back unto the caverns old! Here at the gates the king awaits His hands are rich with gems and gold The king has come unto his hall Under the Mountain dark and tall The Wyrm of Dread is slain and dead And ever so our foes shall fall Farewell we call to hearth and hall! Though wind may blow and rain may fall We must away, ere break of day Far over the wood and mountain tall To Rivendell, where Elves yet dwell In glades beneath the misty fell Through moor and waste we ride in haste And whither then we cannot tell With foes ahead, behind us dread Beneath the sky shall be our bed Until at last our toil be passed Our journey done, our errand sped We must away! We must away! We ride before the break of day!
8.
Sixteen Tons 02:29
Some people say a man is made outta mud A poor man's made outta muscle and blood Muscle and blood and skin and bones A mind that's a-weak and a back that's strong You load sixteen tons, what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go I owe my soul to the company store I was born one mornin' when the sun didn't shine I picked up my shovel and I walked to the mine I loaded sixteen tons of number nine coal And the straw boss said 'Well, a-bless my soul' You load sixteen tons, what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go I owe my soul to the company store I was born one mornin', it was drizzlin' rain Fightin' and trouble are my middle name I was raised in the canebrake by an ol' mama lion Can't no-a high-toned woman make me walk the line You load sixteen tons, what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go I owe my soul to the company store If you see me comin', better step aside A lotta men didn't, a lotta men died One fist of iron, the other of steel If the right one don't a-get you, then the left one will You load sixteen tons, what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go I owe my soul to the company store
9.
What will we do with a drunken sailor? What will we do with a drunken sailor? What will we do with a drunken sailor? Early in the morning! Way hay and up she rises Way hay and up she rises Way hay and up she rises Early in the morning! Shave his belly with a rusty razor Shave his belly with a rusty razor Shave his belly with a rusty razor Early in the morning! Way hay and up she rises Way hay and up she rises Way hay and up she rises Early in the morning! Put him in a long boat till his sober Put him in a long boat till his sober Put him in a long boat till his sober Early in the morning! Way hay and up she rises Way hay and up she rises Way hay and up she rises Early in the morning! Stick him in a scupper with a hosepipe bottom Stick him in a scupper with a hosepipe bottom Stick him in a scupper with a hosepipe bottom Early in the morning! Way hay and up she rises Way hay and up she rises Way hay and up she rises Early in the morning! Put him in the bed with the captains daughter Put him in the bed with the captains daughter Put him in the bed with the captains daughter Early in the morning! Way hay and up she rises Way hay and up she rises Way hay and up she rises Early in the morning! That's what we do with a drunken sailor That's what we do with a drunken sailor That's what we do with a drunken sailor Early in the morning! Way hay and up she rises Way hay and up she rises Way hay and up she rises Early in the morning! Way hay and up she rises Way hay and up she rises Way hay and up she rises Early in the morning!
10.
Heel yo ho, boys, let her go, boys Swing her head round and all together Heel yo ho, boys, let her go, boys Sailing homeward to Mingulay What care we though white the minch is What care we for wind or weather Swing her head round, every inch is Sailing homeward to Mingulay Wives are waiting by the quayside They've been waiting since break of day-o Swing her head round, every inch is Sailing homeward to Mingulay When the wind is wild with shouting And the waves mount ever higher Anxious eyes turn ever seaward To see us home, boys, to Mingulay
11.
And who are you, the proud lord said, that I must bow so low? Only a cat of a different coat, that's all the truth I know. In a coat of gold or a coat of red, a lion still has claws, And mine are long and sharp, my lord, as long and sharp as yours. And so he spoke, and so he spoke, that Lord of Castamere, But now the rains weep o'er his hall, with no one there to hear. Yes now the rains weep o'er his hall, and not a soul to hear.
12.
Of all the money that e'er I spent, I've spent it in good company. And all the harm that ever I did, Alas it was to none but me. And all I've done for want of wit To memory now I cannot recall So fill to me the parting glass Goodnight and joy be with you all If I had money enough to spend, And leisure for to sit awhile, There is a fair maid in this town, That sorely has my heart beguiled. Her rosy cheeks and ruby lips, I own she has my heart in thrall, So fill to me the parting glass, Goodnight and joy be with you all. Oh all the comrades that ever I had, They're sorry for my going away, And all the sweethearts that e'er I had, They would wish me one more day to stay, But since it falls unto my lot, That I should rise and you should not, I gently rise and softly call, Good night and joy be with you all, Good night and joy be with you all.
13.
Wellerman 02:14
There once was a ship that put to sea The name of that ship was the Billy o' Tea The winds blew hard, her bow dipped down Blow, me bully boys, blow (huh) Soon may the Wellerman come To bring us sugar and tea and rum One day, when the tonguing' is done We'll take our leave and go She had not been two weeks from shore When down on her a right whale bore The captain called all hands and swore He'd take that whale in tow (huh) Soon may the Wellerman come To bring us sugar and tea and rum One day, when the tonguing' is done We'll take our leave and go Before the boat had hit the water The whale's tail Came up and caught her All hands to the side, harpooned and fought her When she dived down below (huh) Soon may the Wellerman come To bring us sugar and tea and rum One day, when the tonguing' is done We'll take our leave and go No line was cut, no whale was freed An' the captain's mind was not on greed But he belonged to the Whaleman's creed She took that ship in tow (huh) Soon may the Wellerman come To bring us sugar and tea and rum One day, when the tonguing' is done We'll take our leave and go For forty days or even more (ooh) The line went slack then tight once more All boats were lost, there were only four And still that whale did go Soon may the Wellerman come To bring us sugar and tea and rum One day, when the tonguing' is done We'll take our leave and go As far as I've heard, the fight's still on The line's not cut, and the whale's not gone The Wellerman makes his regular call To encourage the captain, crew and all Soon may the Wellerman come To bring us sugar and tea and rum One day, when the tonguing' is done We'll take our leave and go Soon may the Wellerman come To bring us sugar and tea and rum One day, when the tonguing' is done We'll take our leave and go

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Bass supergroup The Wellermen were discovered during the viral Sea Shanty trend of early 2021. The four members' Bobby Waters, Luke Taylor, Jonny Stewart & Sam have used their moment of unexpected virality for lasting good, as their much anticipated debut album will be released on the 10th of Feb. ... more

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