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Tune Req: The West Indies/ The Hurricane

GUEST,Stephen Allberry 18 Sep 14 - 04:32 AM
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Subject: Tune Req: The West Indies/ The Hurricane
From: GUEST,Stephen Allberry
Date: 18 Sep 14 - 04:32 AM

I have been using The Full English to look at songs collected in this corner of West Sussex, mostly from the Clive Carey collection.

One of these (CC/1/69) is entitled The West Indies, although the cataloguers have given it a more helpful title [The Hurricane] in square brackets.

The song is the only one recorded under the Roud number (21265) and a google search for various phrases in the text yielded nothing.

This song appears to have been collected for Carey in 1912 by Dorothy Marshall of Chithurst House who had facilitated his work in the area.

Under the text she has written a brief note:
18th Cent tune, rather good.

Obviously I would appreciate it if anyone knows the song and has a tune that might be this one. Also I should be grateful for any help where her scrawl has defeated me.

The West Indies

To the West Indies as I was sailing and likewise to Jamaica too
Sad news dear brothers I have to tell you of what a hurricane there did blow
The briny waves they looked like fire the raging seas as mountains high
And as the hurricane did blow harder the sea continued with his [ ]

O how roughly ran the waters, the raging sea where houses stood
While we poor souls no house nor quarters were obliged to shelter in a wood
9,000 poor unhappy creatures were buried in the watery main
So may the Lord our great creator set free their souls from [ ] pain

So now comes on this stroke of vengeance to wake us all then from our [ ]
R[ ] of what Our Saviour tells us we ought to put our trust in him
Let us prepare for God our [ ] that we may share a better fate
Come all good people that hears my story repent before it is too late


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