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We'll Rant And We'll Roar (Coll. by Leach) w/MIDIs and video
See also: We'll Rant And We'll Roar (Chris Andrews and others)
And also: We'll Rant And We'll Roar (Omar Blondahl)
And also: Rant & Roar (Great Big Sea)
And also: The Ryans And The Pittmans (Collected by Doyle)
And also: The Ryans And The Pittmans (The Fables)
And also: Ryans And The Pittmans (Ryan's Fancy)

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My name it is Robert, they call me Bob Pittman,
I sail on the Ino with skipper Tom Brown;
I'm bound to have Dolly or Biddy or Molly,
As soon as I'm able to plank the cash down.

We'll rant and we'll roar like true Newfoundlanders,
We'll rant and we'll roar on deck and below;
Until we see bottom inside of two sunkers,
Then straight through the channel to Toslow we'll go.

I'm the son of a seacook and a cook on a trader,
I can dance, I can sing, I can reef the main boom;
I can handle a jigger and I cuts a fine figure,
Whenever I gets in a boat's standing room.

We'll rant and we'll roar like true Newfoundlanders,
We'll rant and we'll roar on deck and below;
Until we see bottom inside of two sunkers,
Then straight through the channel to Toslow we'll go.

If the voyage is good then this fall I will do it,
I want two-pound-ten for a ring and a priest;
A couple of dollars for clean shirts and collars,
And a handful of coppers to make up a feast.

We'll rant and we'll roar like true Newfoundlanders,
We'll rant and we'll roar on deck and below;
Until we see bottom inside of two sunkers,
Then straight through the channel to Toslow we'll go.

I went to a dance one night in Fox Harbour,
There were plenty of girls as nice as you'd wish;
There was one pretty maiden a-chawing of frankgum,
Just like a young kitten a-gnawing fresh fish.

We'll rant and we'll roar like true Newfoundlanders,
We'll rant and we'll roar on deck and below;
Until we see bottom inside of two sunkers,
Then straight through the channel to Toslow we'll go.

There's plump little Polly, her name is Goldsworthy,
There's John Coady's Kitty and Mary Tibbo;
There's Clara from Brule and young Martha Foley,
But the nicest of all is my girl from Toslow.

We'll rant and we'll roar like true Newfoundlanders,
We'll rant and we'll roar on deck and below;
Until we see bottom inside of two sunkers,
Then straight through the channel to Toslow we'll go.

Farewell and adieu to ye fair ones of Valen,
Farewell and adieu to ye ones in the Cove;
Now let ye be jolly, don't be melancholy,
For I can't marry all or in the chokey I'd be.

We'll rant and we'll roar like true Newfoundlanders,
We'll rant and we'll roar on deck and below;
Until we see bottom inside of two sunkers,
Then straight through the channel to Toslow we'll go.

Farewell and adieu to you girls of Fox Harbour,
Oderin and Presque, Crabbes Hole and Brule;
I'm bound to the westward to the wall with the hole in,
For I can't marry all or in the chokey I'd be.

We'll rant and we'll roar like true Newfoundlanders,
We'll rant and we'll roar on deck and below;
Until we see bottom inside of two sunkers,
Then straight through the channel to Toslow we'll go.

Farewell and adieu to ye girls of St. Kyran's,
Of Paradise and Presque, big and little Bona;
I'm bound unto Toslow to marry sweet Biddy,
And if I don't do so, I'm afraid of her da.

We'll rant and we'll roar like true Newfoundlanders,
We'll rant and we'll roar on deck and below;
Until we see bottom inside of two sunkers,
Then straight through the channel to Toslow we'll go.

I've bought me a house from Katherine Davis,
A twenty-pound bed from Jimmy McGraw;
I'll get me a settle, a pot and a kettle,
And then I'll be ready for Biddy - hurrah!

We'll rant and we'll roar like true Newfoundlanders,
We'll rant and we'll roar on deck and below;
Until we see bottom inside of two sunkers,
Then straight through the channel to Toslow we'll go.

####.... Henry W. Le Messurier, C.M.G. [1848-1931] c.1878 - civil servant (60 years); politician; author; editor of the Evening Herald and later deputy minister of customs in St. John's ....####
Sung by Clara O'Driscoll [1899-1978] of Tors Cove, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

The YouTube video above features an excellent 12-string guitar performance of a variant arranged by Tony Archibald from Port St. Mary on the Isle Of Man.

A variant was published as The Ryans And The Pittmans in Gerald S. Doyle's Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland: Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers (1927; Second edition, p.53, 1940; Third edition, p.51, 1955). A similar variant was also published as The Ryans And The Pittmans on pp.14-15 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.

Notes:

¹ From The Penguin Book of Canadian Folk Songs (Edith Fowke, 1973):

"This rollicking tale of a young fisherman's love affairs is a Newfoundland offshoot of the widely known English capstan shanty Spanish Ladies, which described the headlands sighted in a homeward voyage through the English Channel. Pacific whalermen later re-made it to tell of the Talcahuano Girls, with a chorus: 'We'll rant and we'll roar like true Huasco whalermen,' and Australian drovers sang their farewell to the Brisbane Ladies.

"The Newfoundland version has borrowed verses 2, 8, 9 and 10 from the whalers' song; the remaining verses about Bob Pittman and his courtship were those composed by Henry W. Le Messurier who was editor of the Evening Herald and later deputy minister of customs in St. John's. James Murphy [1867-1931] printed it in Old Songs of Newfoundland in 1912; it appeared in all the Doyle booklets; and Mrs. Greenleaf heard it from Mr. Le Messurier himself, and also from Tom White of Sandy Cove, whose version had acquired some variations.

"Paradise, Oderin, Presque, Brule and St. Kyran's are tiny fishing villages along the west coast of Placentia Bay."

² Sung as Newfoundlanders Lament by Dick Nolan on two early albums (Be True Newfoundlanders, c.1968, and Newfie Hits, c.1968).

From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Sunker - submerged rock over which the sea breaks; familiar form of sunken rock; breaker; grounder.
Settle - long, home-made wooden bench with arms and high back; unupholstered couch; stretcher.



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My [G] name it is Robert, they [Am] call me Bob [D] Pittman,
I sail on the Ino with [D7] skipper Tom [G] Brown;
I'm bound to have Dolly or [Am] Biddy or [D] Molly,
As [G] soon as I'm [Am] able to [D] plank the cash [G] down.

We'll [G] rant and we'll roar like [Am] true Newfound- [D] landers,
We'll rant and we'll roar on [D7] deck and [G] below,
Until we see bottom in- [Am] side of two [D] sunkers,
Then [G] straight through the [Am] channel to [D] Toslow we'll [G] go.

I'm the [G] son of a seacook and a [Am] cook on a [D] trader,
I can dance, I can sing, I can [D7] reef the main [G] boom;
I can handle a jigger and I [Am] cuts a fine [D] figure,
When- [G] ever I [Am] gets in a [D] boat's standing [G] room.

If the [G] voyage is good then this [Am] fall I will [D] do it,
I want two-pound-ten for a [D7] ring and a [G] priest;
A couple of dollars for [Am] clean shirts and [D] collars,
And a [G] handful of [Am] coppers to [D] make up a [G] feast.

I [G] went to a dance one [Am] night in Fox [D] Harbour,
There were plenty of girls as [D7] nice as you'd [G] wish;
There was one pretty maiden a- [Am] chawing of [D] frankgum,
Just [G] like a young [Am] kitten a- [D] gnawing fresh [G] fish.

There's [G] plump little Polly, her [Am] name is Golds- [D] worthy,
There's John Coady's Kitty and [D7] Mary [G] Tibbo;
There's Clara from Brule and [Am] young Martha [D] Foley,
But the [G] nicest of [Am] all is my [D] girl from [G] Toslow.

[G] Farewell and adieu to ye [Am] fair ones of [D] Valen,
Farewell and adieu to ye [D7] ones in the [G] cove;
Now let ye be jolly, don't [Am] be melan- [D] choly,
For I [G] can't marry [Am] all or in the [D] chokey I'd [G] be.

Farewell and adieu to you [Am] girls of Fox [D] Harbour,
Oderin and Presque, Crabbes [D7] Hole and [G] Brule;
I'm bound to the westward to the [Am] wall with the [D] hole in,
For I [G] can't marry [Am] all or in the [D] chokey I'd [G] be.

[G] Farewell and adieu to ye [Am] girls of St. [D] Kyran's,
Of Paradise and Presque, big [D7] and little [G] Bona;
I'm bound unto Toslow to [Am] marry sweet [D] Biddy,
And [G] if I don't [Am] do so, I'm [D] afraid of her [G] da.

I've [G] bought me a house from [Am] Katherine [D] Davis,
A twenty-pound bed from [D7] Jimmy Mc- [G] Graw;
I'll get me a settle, a [Am] pot and a [D] kettle,
And [G] then I'll be [Am] ready for [D] Biddy - [G] hurrah!





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