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Thread #18219   Message #1585944
Posted By: Roberto
19-Oct-05 - 01:53 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Balaena The Dundee whaler
Subject: Lyr Add: THE 'BALAENA'
1. sheet music for 'Baleana': one is in the book THE SCOTTISH FOLKSINGER, by Norman Buchan and Peter Hall. If guest loneranger sends me a fax-number, I'll make a fax to him.

2. A. L. Lloyd's recording: here is the text from the booklet of Lloyd's LEVIATHAN!


The noble fleet of whalers went sailing from Dunclee,
Well-manned by British sailors to work upon the sea.
On the Western Ocean passage none with them can compare,
But the smartest ship to make the trip is 'Baleana',   I declare.

Chorus.   Oh, the wìnd is on her quarter, her engines workìng free,
There's not another whaler that sails out of Dundee
Can beat the old 'Baleana', she needs no trial run,
And we challenged all, both great and small, from Dundee to St.John.

It happened on a Tuesday, three days out of Dundee,
The gale took off her quarter-boat and a couple of men, you see.
It battered at her bulwarks, her stanchions and her raiIs,
And left the old 'Baleana', boys, a-frothing in the gale.

Bold Jackman cut his canvas and faìrly raised hls steam,
And Captain Guy with "Erin Boy" was ploughing through the stream,
And the noble "Terra Nova" her boilers nearly burst,
And still at the old whaling grounds, 'Baleana' got there first.

And now the season's over and the ship half-full of oil,
Our flying jib boom poìnts for home   towards our native soil.
And when that we have landed, boys, where the rum is very cheap,
We'll drink success to the skìpper's health for getting us over the deep.