MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Torbay Song
Tom Ferrier NFLD 2 Tape 4 Track 1
Trepassey Audio:
Moniker Song

Leach: All right.
Ferrier (sings):

Tom _______ took his clothes, from his mother's house he went
To see if they were going or what was their intent
James Roarke saw him coming, those words he did say,
"Here comes my loyal comrade, we'll be now on our way."

Oh, his mother advised him, with tears in her eyes
Saying, "James, my young fellow, since you forced us, poor boy
For it looks violent cloudy to face out today."

They paid no attention, but on board straight they went
Himself being quite willing, the crew against their consent
They hoist up their mainsail and their anchor did weigh
On the 18th of September, on a Friday, sailed away

Saturday the 19th, as you remember well
When this cold, bitter storm, it began for to blow
And twelve o'clock on Saturday, l hear people say
That boat of Jas Moore, it was seen in Torbay.

With her sails double reefed and her mains'l all torn
And since that very hour, she was never seen no more
Now it is for John Nolan belong to Torbay
He done a bad action, l hear people say.

He done a bad action, if he's not be alive
Went and taken those poor boys when they floated longside.

I'm sure l won' t curse him or owe him no spite
If l wouldn't oblige him, l would do what is right
For what other comfort could a poor mother find
Than have the body of their children buried in the cliff.

My name is Tom Fuher and my age twenty-two
Last winter, dearest mother, l spent long with you
Three years l served James Morey, it's against my consent
I sailed in the ________ to the bottom she went.


Notes


History : Moniker song written by Tom Fuher from Torbay, Newfoundland.

Text: Tom Fuher writes of his account of a ship that went down off the coast of Newfoundland.   He states that the captain made a bad decision to take the ship and crew of young Newfoundlanders out on the angry sea when a storm was brewing.

Tune : This triple meter ABBC form is characterized by a flattened seventh degree of the scale in the second phrase.   The tonality is fundamentally major.

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