MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Burnt Islands
Stanley Insha NFLD 1 Tape 17 Track 12
Cape Ray Audio:
Shanty? Musical notation available

We went to Burnt Islands, we brought our ship to
We put out a boat and went after our crew
Some were on the island some were on the main
If you asked me their names I would mention their names

We boldly weigh anchor and off we do spin
The wind from the South'ard for Channel we ran
When we got to the bottom the light was going out
The crowd on the quarter did holler and shout

Saying haul down your dishrags and stop up your mouth
Weeping fol deedle-aro deedle-aro-i-dee

We went to Port aux Basques, we brought our ship to
Down come those gay fellows the rest of our crew
Come a-rushing on board with a laugh and a grin
We give them their dinner they went back again

On the seventh of March the weather being fine
We called at Cape Ray did not stay any time
We boldly weigh anchor and off we do stand
And seven that evening we tied boys again

My son, fol deedle-aro deedle-aro-i-dee

Our captain came up with a laugh and a grin
Saying haul down that fores'l and trace up your jib

I sung fol deedle-aro deedle-aro-i-dee

Saying haul down that fores'l and trace up the jib

I sung fol deedle-aro deedle-aro-i-dee

At twelve in the night our watch he was called
To haul down that fores'l he'd split in two halves

I sung fol deedle-aro deedle-aro-i-dee


Notes

NOTES

Sources:

History: Newfoundland song

Text notes: An account of sailing off southwest Newfoundland. The song is set up like a moniker song, but no crew names are given in this version.

Tune notes: A triple metre tune in major key and form, abba. The regular rhythm of this performance and single line refrain suggest that it may be a capstan shanty.

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