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Harbour Le Cou (Ryan's Fancy) tabs, MIDIs, video
See also: Harbour Le Cou (Dick Nolan)

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As I rowed ashore from my schooner close by,
A girl on the beach I chanced to espy:
Her hair was red, and her bonnet was blue,
Her place of abode was Harbour Le Cou.

Boldly I asked her to walk on the sand,
She smiled like an angel and held out her hand;
I tucked in my jersey and hove 'way me chew,
In the dark flowing waters of Harbour Le Cou.

My ship she lay anchored far out on the tide,
As I strolled along with this maid at me side;
I told her I loved her and said I'll be true,
As I winked at the moon over Harbour Le Cou.

As we strolled along at the close of the day,
I thought of my wife who was home in Torbay;
I knew that she'd kill me if only she knew,
I was courting a lassie in Harbour Le Cou.

And by a log cabin that stood on the shore,
I met an old comrade I sailed with before;
He treated me kindly sayin', Jack, how are you?
It's seldom I see you in Harbour Le Cou.

As I was parting, this maiden in tow,
He broke up me party with one single blow;
Sayin', regards to your missus and wee kiddies, too,
I remember them well, they're from Harbour Le Cou.

Well, the pretty young damsel who was standing close by,
Her jaw did drop, and her mouth opened wide;
Then like a she-cat upon me she flew,
Was a fit of the furies in Harbour Le Cou.

So, to all you sailors who walk on the shore,
Beware of old comrades you sailed with before;
Beware of the maidens with bonnets of blue,
And the fighting young damsels of Harbour Le Cou.

####.... Written by Jack Dodd [1902-1978] of Torbay, NL, but the theme is considered by many to be a variant of a British broadside ballad, To Hear The Nightingale Sing [Laws P14] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957) ....####
Sung by Jim Mushrow [1912-2002] of Cape Ray, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A similar variant was collected in 1951 from Bill Brennan of Stock Cove, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.198-199, by The National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Also published in Gerald S Doyle's Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland: Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers (Third edition, p.26, 1955).

And published on page 7 of Songs Of Newfoundland, a complimentary booklet of lyrics to twenty-one songs distributed by the Bennett Brewing Co Ltd, of St John's, NL, with the cooperation of the Gerald S Doyle Song Book from which the words were obtained.

The video above features a recording by Ryan's Fancy (Ryan's Fancy Live ©1975, Audat Records).


See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

A variant was recorded as Harbour Le Cou by Dick Nolan (I'se The B'y What Catches Da Fish, trk#6, 1966, Arc Sounds, Ltd, Toronto, Ontario).

See more songs by Dick Nolan.

Also recorded by Anchors Aweigh (When Sailors Sing, trk#10, 2002, Independent, produced at WE Music Studio, Cormack, NL).

See more songs by Anchors Aweigh.

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(As arranged by Anchors Aweigh)

[A] As I rowed ashore from my schooner close by,
A girl on the beach I chanced to [E] espy;
Her [A] hair it was red and her [D] bonnet was [E] blue,
Her [A] place of [D] abode was [E] Harbour Le [A] Cou.

[A] Boldly I asked her to walk on the sand,
She smiled like an angel and held out her [E] hand;
I [A] tucked in my Jersey and [D] hove 'way me [E] chew,
In the [A] dark flowing [D] waters of [E] Harbour Le [A] Cou.

[A] My ship she lay anchored far out on the tide,
As I strolled along with this maid at me [E] side;
I told [A] her I loved her and [D] said I'll be [E] true,
As I [A] winked at the [D] moon over [E] Harbour Le [A] Cou.

[A] As we strolled along at the close of the day,
I thought of my wife who was home in [E] Torbay;
I knew [A] that she'd kill me if [D] only she [E] knew,
I was [A] courting a [D] lassie in [E] Harbour Le [A] Cou.

[A] And by a log cabin that stood on the shore,
I met an old comrade I sailed with [E] before;
He [A] treated me kindly sayin', [D] Jack, how are [E] you?
It's [A] seldom I [D] see you in [E] Harbour Le [A] Cou.

[A] As I was parting, this maiden in tow,
He broke up me party with one single [E] blow;
Sayin', [A] regards to your missus and [D] wee kiddies, [E] too,
I [A] remember them [D] well, they're from [E] Harbour Le [A] Cou.

[A] Well, the pretty young damsel who was standing close by,
Her jaw did drop, and her mouth opened [E] wide;
Then [A] like a she-cat [D] upon me she [E] flew,
Was [A] a fit of the [D] furies in [E] Harbour Le [A] Cou.

[A] So, to all you sailors who walk on the shore,
Beware of old comrades you sailed with [E] before;
Beware [A] of the maidens with [D] bonnets of [E] blue,
And the [A] fighting young [D] damsels of [E] Harbour Le [A] Cou.

~ Chords contributed by Bob Dumais ~


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