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Thread #101783   Message #3836953
Posted By: Steve Gardham
05-Feb-17 - 03:13 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: WWII Song:'Come bury me out in Benghazi'
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: WWII Song:'Come bury me out in Benghazi'
And there's more! A piece of recent facebook lore.

A local Hull group Bullnose Heritage who raise awareness of the plight of Hull's lost Fishing Industry and the many lives that were lost by Hull trawlermen, recently posted some photos of verses of a version of our song on their Facebook site. Apparently the verses are scrawled on walls in a large block known as Lord Line that used to serve as a centre for a fishing company but is now derelict, next to the lock at the fishdock.

Bury me down at Cape Canning

Have you heard of the story of Iceland
Where most of the fishing was done?
'Twas there that a poor little deckie
Was shot by an old Jerry gun.

As he lay with his head on his elbow
His blood made the trawler decks red,
And he raised up his eyes to the skipper
And these are the words that he said:

"Bury me down at Cape Canning
Under the midnight sun,
Bury me down at Cape Canning
Duty to Kingstons is done."

"So, me lads, when you're back home in Rayner's
Drinking your whiskey and rum,
Think of that poor little deckie
Who was shot by an old Jerry gun.

Kingston is a local trawler firm as in 'Kingston Peridot' one of the trawlers that went down in the triple trawler disaster.
Rayners is one of the main pubs the trawlermen frequented.
Cape Canning we have so far been unable to identify but presumably it's the Hull name of a cape on Iceland.

Presumably it is based on an incident during WWII as our trawlers were often attacked, but most were sunk by mines. It could be based on a true event or could just be generic like the other versions.

Some of our singers and researchers are currently trying to find more info.