MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Mahoney (Maloney)
Performed by Pat Sullivan Accession # 78-054 NFLD 1 Tape 1A Track 7
Community: Calvert Audio:
Genre: Ballad / rescue at sea  


Come all ye Newfoundlanders and listen unto me
And hear our gallant Bill Malone left in the boiling sea
To save the life of young Tom Bones the steamer's cabin boy
But for the pluck of brave Malone this lad would surely die

'Twas on the 14th day of June for New York City bound
A steamer called the New Orleans with engine strong and sound
Was steaming forty knots an hour when to our great surprise
We saw young Tommy Bones washed off before our eyes

And struggling in the boisterous waves all in his youthful bloom
And as he sank to rise no more upon the 8th of June
When near the wheel we heard a splash and then a joyful cry
For there was brave Maloney and he's swimming for the boy

Dressed out in oilskins and seal boots he didn't wait to think
He saw this poor young cabin boy in treacherous waters sink
And with that pluck and kindly heart in sons of Newfoundland
To see a messmate in distress his blood could never stand

He made a leap and saved the boy and kept his head afloat
'Til five brave British sailor boys drew near them in a boat
They brought Maloney and the lad on board while cheers went high
For that brave son of Newfoundland who saved the cabin boy


Sources: Leach's fieldbooks give the title of this as "Mahoney," but the protagonist's name is Maloney.


Text notes: Bill Malone or Maloney, on board a ship named the New Orleans, saves the life of the cabin boy.

Tune notes: The melody has four distinct phrases (abcd) but curiously, the last two seem to be the start of the tune and the first two the ending. The singer may have reversed the lines of the tune in this performance.


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