MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Jane Hunter
Bert Fitzgerald NFLD 2 Tape 10A Track 14
Trepassey Audio:
Ballad

Ye tender hearted Christians ye widows and mothers too
Come hear the dreadful tragedy of the Jane Hunter's crew
She sailed from Corner Brook and was bound to Newfoundland
But any will remember the gale that blew that day

Twas half-past seven on that sad night the land they did espy
It filled their hearts with ___________ to get around they tried
But to their sad misfortune they saw it could not be done
When they tried to ________ her twas on the rocks she ran

The good ship the Jane Hunter when she struck upon the rocks
The mainmast it went overboard with a dreadful shock
Her timbers they were cracking her counter it did tear
She bein' half filled with water holes in her everywhere

We knew a boat on such a night the sea she could not brave
Twas everyman's opinion not one soul would be saved
Now for our captain he was not well for the deck was not inclined
Our first mate and bos'un they had commanded at the time
Our mate he was not experienced if what l say is true
My lads cling to the rigging my orders to obey

And next he cried launch out a boat your precious lives to save
Or else the foaming billowsthdis night will be your grave
Three lab'ring youths from Scotland to jump they did agree
One for'ards one aft one amidships they jumped into the deep

And one of those brave fellows that’s all that safety reached
The other two poor seamen went down all for to rise no more
When Angus Rowe he got on shore he shouted once or twice
But to rally his ____________ heart he got no answering voice
Now after screeching once or twice sure he discovered in despair and he wounded

The screeches of those drowning men I’m told would pierce your heart
They all had ___________ pieces of the wreck their bodies were tossed about
There's one of those Alexander his name was to by birth
That was our cabin b'y de mainmast broke his arm

Now it’s for our good government I’m told we have to blame
If their had to be a lighthouse on head it would prevent the same
Now let our members study on this while in their houses warm
Think on poor seamen on the deep its afraid to see em sunk(?)


Notes


Text: While bound from Corner Brook to Newfoundland the Jane Hunter grounds on some rocks. All the crew, but two were lost. The final stanza implores that there should have been a lighthouse and blames the government. The first verse is an invitational opening.

Tune: The text is through composed and the melody repeats with each verse. The last line is spoken. Speaking, instead of singing a final word or phrase is generally thought to indicate Irish influence on the singer or song. The meter is 4/4 and the key is based on B.

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