MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Franklin
Alphonse Sutton NFLD 2 Tape 3 Track 5
Trepassey Audio:

Ye seamen bold as l have been told of the stormy sea and the briny flow
If you'll listen to me it’s a song I’ll sing
It will put you in mind of a sailor’s dream

If you’ll listen to me it's a song I’ll sing
It will put you in mind of as sailor’s dream

We were homeward bound on the raging deep
Locked in my hammock l fell asleep
I dreamed a dream oh l thought it true
Concerning Franklin and his bold crew

I dreamed a dream oh l thought it true
Concerning Franklin and his bold crew

As we sailed east as we sailed west
The course of Greenland l thought it best
With 400 seamen of courage bold
With their hearts undaunted and their courage bold

With 400 seamen of courage bold
With their hearts undaunted and their courage bold

As we drew nigh the Alma shore
A lady wept as she did implore
She wept so loudly and this did say
Did you see my Franklin who is far away

She wept so loudly and this did say
Did you see my Franklin who is far away

There is Captain Ross of our town
And Admiral Peary of a high renown
There is my bold Franklin like many more
Who have often crossed o’er the Artileshore

There is my bold Franklin like many more
Who have often crossed o’er the Artileshore

Trying to find a passage round the North Pole
Where lightning flashes loud cannons roar
Where trials and dangers do now lie low
Through fields of ice where our ship got stove

Where trials and dangers do now lie low
Through fields of ice where our ship got stove

In Baffin's Bay where the whale fish blow
The death of Franklin there is no man knows
At last he's gone like many more
Who have left his home to return no more
At last he's gone like many more
Who have left his home to return no more


Notes


Sources: Laws K9 ("Lady Franklin's Lament;" "The Sailor's Dream"); Doerflinger pp. 145-147, ("Lady Franklin's Lament"); Fowke/Mills/Blume, pp. 154-156, ("The Franklin Expedition"); S. Henry H815, p. 103, ("Franklin the Brave"); Greenleaf/Mansfield 151, ("The Franklin Expedition"); Blondahl, pp. 65-66, ("Franklin In Search of the North-West Passage"); Creighton-Maritime, p. 145, ("Franklin and His Ship's Crew"); p. 146, ("Franklin and His Bold Crew"); Roud #487;

History: Earliest date found 1878; Historical reference to Lord Franklin's (1845-1847) final expedition; Found in Canada (Maritimes, Newfoundland, and Ontario), Britain (Scotland), and Ireland;

Text: The singer dreams of a voyage to Greenland.   He speaks of the courage and strength of the crew members and how they overcome the dangers of the sea.

Tune: This is an Ionian mode tune; a major scale is used but the 7th degree of the scale is flattened.   The metre is fundamentally 4/4 with some stretching of the rhythm to better narrate the story.   The last two lines of each stanza are repeated.

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