MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Forty Years Ago
Performed by Jack Houlihan Accession # 78-054 NFLD 1 Tape 3A Track 3
Community: Flatrock Audio:
Genre: Ballad /  

Transcription

(Male voice speaks): Alright.

Now one evening for a stroll John on Bowring's wharf I went
I was not thinking of you then John but my thoughts on you was spent
I sat upon a gumphead 'twas there I let her flow
To Erin where I met you John some forty years ago

Now those were store designs John you look a smart old chap
And I was just as smart John when first I took a crab
When I sailed in the Marguerite and you in the Rainbow
Along with Captain Mumford some forty years ago

Now think on the Florizel John and then look back and see
The ships that went a sailing that took out you and me
But we got there just the same John for miles we hauled a tow
When I sailed in the Marguerite and you in the Rainbow

Now great changes have occurred John, I'll have you to beware
When we hauled our sailing vessels from St. John's out to Cape Spear
And it's "Haul away my bully boys" is our favourite song you know
And those were stormy times John some forty years ago

Now do you remember Green Bay 'twas hard we had to toil
Do you remember Green Bay when our seals ran into oil
And we did not return home John 'til up in June you know
When I sailed in the Marguerite and you in the Rainbow

Now God be with those good old times John and those we live among
We must be now contented for we can't always be young
And it's "Haul away my bully boys" is our favourite song you know
And those were stormy times John some forty years ago


NOTES

Sources: Sometimes called "Twenty Years Ago"; cf. Roud 765.

History: There are several songs with this title that are not related to this Newfoundland ballad.

Text notes: Names various sailing ships that the singer and his friend John were on.

Tune notes: Major key; an abab form in which each ab is a wide arching phrase.

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