MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Schooner "Mary Ann"
Frank Knox NFLD 2 Tape 20 Track 6
St. Shott's Audio:
Ballad

Ye landsmen that live on the land it's little do ye know
What we poor seamen do endure when the stormy winds do blow
On St. Patrick' s Day we sailed away in the schooner "Mary Ann"
We left New York our native homes bound down to Newfoundland

Morning service it being o'er we boldly slipped our lines
The Statue of Liberty in New York we left behind
We crowded canvas fore and aft as you may understand
And left our homes and sailed away bound down to Newfoundland

Our captain being a young man scarce nineteen years in life
Three weeks before he left the shore he married a loving wife
But little did she ever think as she let go his hand
Her husband she no more would see when he sailed for Newfoundland

We had scarce been three days sailing when in his cabin lay
He called his mate down aft to him those words to him did say
I'm taken down by some disease as you may understand
To you my mate I'll give full charge going down to Newfoundland

When you reach some distant port on the Nova Scotia shore
Give me a decent burial of you I'll ask no more
And when you reach New York again my death you can make known
I'm dying and I'll be a loss to my once happy home

With heavy hearts we set our sail his orders to obey
We made the land quite early all on that self same day
At three o'clock in the afternoon as you may understand
As the narrows shot our captain died going down to Newfoundland

Doctors they were sent for our case for to make known
Smallpox on board were raging the same to us he told
And on the following afternoon four more were sent on shore
May the Lord have mercy on their souls we'll never see them no more

Out of eight brave youths that left New York only three of them returned
Their mothers, wives and sweethearts are left at home to mourn
And when l reach New York again l will get work on shore
I'll learn to lead a landsman's life and go to sea no more


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