MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada

The Two Boys From Brewley

John James NFLD 2 Tape 10 Track 5
Trepassey Audio:

LEACH: All right.
JAMES: (sings)

Attention, Newfoundlanders, and listen to my song
And if you pay attention, it won't delay you long
It’s of two men from Brewley went in to have some fun
They went up to St. Peters all for a bowl of rum.

The day it being a fine one, the sun was shining bright
And on that following evening they arrived there just at night
They took on board their heavy stock and then the wind bear down
They then set sail for Brewley and left St. Peter's town.

The wind brought them to St. Lawrence, the sky a kind of light
Our skipper say, "Sure we'll go in where we can take a ________"
We'd anchor round a point of beach and towed our line ashore
"I think," he says, "that we can sleep while wind and sea do roar."

Oh, now the storm is raging, and those came out all right
And when the water smoothered down again they put her out
They laid up in the evening, the sky too thick with snow
And very shortly after, on board the wind did blow.

No compass for to guide them, no way to rig a light
They runned her then 'fore wind and sea all that long winter's night
Oh, who could know the feelings of those two Brewley men
Cast on the stormy ocean, nothing to comfort them?

The ocean in a snowdrift, while wind and sea do roar
The ocean in a snowdrift, they say where can they go?
They caught each other by the hand to part forevermore
They thought that night they'd never see their friends again on shore.

We must pray to the Almighty and His Blessed Mother too
Likewise our Blessed Saviour who died for me and you
The blood was frozen in their veins and salt tears in their eyes
Thet raised their voice to Heaven and He heard their mournful cries.

It wasn't very long after when a vessel hove in sight
The captain’s name was Harvey, was out that cruel night
When Harvey saw them coming, he called his men on deck
Saying, "B'ys, just look to wind'ard and you'll see what makes us pray(?)."

"We have no means of saving them," he says unto his crew
"Get ropes and life bouys ready and we'll try what we can do."
And when thet came in call of them that rang with all their might,
Saying, "Save us, Captain, save us, oh, try and save our life."

They are no time for talking, he told them what to do
He said, "Run round our quarter and then bring her to."
They then grabbed hold on those two men and dragged them in and ____

They put them in the cabin, where they were treated fine
They placed them by a hard-coal fire and gave them boiled-hot wine
Harvey then gave orders, unto his men did say,
"The wind is on a drop, my boys, we’ll get her underway
So trim your canvas by the wind and then we’ll reach her down"
And on that following evening thet arrived at Marystown.

Come all you men from Brewley, I’ll have you to beware
Don't go up to St. Peters till the springtime of the year
When winter storms are raging, afraid you’ll get a fright
For Harvey _________ there waiting to save your life.


Text: Two men set out on the water on a clear day. When a storm arises, they take shelter on land and continue when the weather becomes calm. However, the storm comes up again and catches them at sea. They are saved by Captain Harvey’s ship’s crew, who brings them aboard, revives them, and returns them to land at Marystown.

Tune: The text is through composed with the melody repeated by verse. The final word is spoken. Speaking, instead of singing, a final word or phrase is generally thought to indicate Irish influence on the singer or song. This song is in 4/4 and B major with a range of a minor 9th (A#-B).

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