MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
S.S. Vesteris
Joe Sutton NFLD 2 Tape 17 Track 5
St. Shott's Audio:
Ballad

Proudly she sailed from New York City
Bound to a land o’er the sea
There on her decks stood wives and sweethearts
Children with hearts gay and free
Proudly she sped o'er the deep blue water
No thoughts of care or of fear
For there on her decks stood Captain Carey
A seaman of manys a year

Then came a storm that struck the Vesteris
Wild waves goin' mountains high
And in her side a hole was pounded
They all knew that death it was nigh
Slowly she sank as her captain he waited
Hoping his good ship to save
When but to late he sent the message
The Vesteris was due to her grave

Sad was the cries of men and women
Mothers held their babes on high
Brave men who fought to save their loved ones
Lifeboats that sank in the night

Great was the toll of Iife that was taken
Husbands and wives torn apart
Many's the home wit’ Ioved one's missing
Many's the sad breakin heart
There on her bridge stood her grey-haired Captain
Waiting for death to perform

Well do we know that someone blundered
We must forgive after all
For we are adrift on life’s briny ocean
Where we are drifting apart
Well do we know that someone blundered
We must forgive after all


Notes

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