Here are the correct words the "The men of the sea"
THE MEN OF THE SEA
(John Conolly and Bill Meek)
At the age of 15 I shipped out from the Humber,
me very first trip for the Silver Pits bound.
I was galley-boy/mess-man, the lowest of callings,
but at last I was off to the trawl-fishing grounds.
Fair Isle to Labrador,
Bear Isle and Norway
and cold Greenland shore.
Learning me trade with the men of the sea.
Long years as a deckie I hold for me living
and I dodged on the deck through the wild Arctic gales
Knew the tight grip of fear as the cold sea swept o'er me,
and I soon learned the truth of the old trawling tales.
And in between trips, well the town couldn't hold me,
A two-day tycoon with me head full of rum.
A girl on each arm and a pocket soon empty,
Live now and pay later, there's hard days to come.
Now I know every hull as it tops the horizon.
I've learned all the tricks of the trawler-man's trade.
Know the sea as provider, betrayer, and taker,
I've got me mate's tickets, me future is made.
As a skipper at last I stand tall on the dockside,
from the boy to the man to the master of men.
Now the ocean is mine as we slip from the harbour,
and back to the sea to start learning again.
For those interested there is a double CD available entitled "By Humber's Brown Water", the songs of John Conolly and Bill Meek.with 44 of their own compositions sung by themselves.
This really is an excellent CD. I bought mine about 5 weeks ago directly from John Conolly at Burton Folk Club. As this has been produced by themselves it probably isn't available through normal outlets so contact "Little Pot Stove Records" who I'm sure will get it for you.
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