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Excursion Around The Bay (Great Big Sea) MIDI, tabs, videos
See also: Harbour Grace Excursion (Johnny Burke)
#239: YouTube video by nicolenjohn
©2008 ~ Used with permission ~

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It was on a Sunday morning, and the day be calm and fine,
To the Harbour Grace excursion, with the boys to have a time;
And just before the sailor took the gangway from the pier,
I saw some fella haul me wife on board as a volunteer.

O me, O my, I heard me old one cry,
O me, O my, I think I'm gonna die;
O me, O my, I heard me old one say,
I wish I had never taken this excursion around the bay.

We'd full three hundred souls aboard, oh what a splendid sight,
Matt Strong in regimentals to make our spirits bright;
And meself being in the double from the funny things they'd say,
They'd choke themselves from laughing when they see us in the bay.

O me, O my, I heard me old one cry,
O me, O my, I think I'm gonna die;
O me, O my, I heard me old one say,
I wish I had never taken this excursion around the bay.

My wife she got no better, oh she turned a sickly green,
I fed her cake and candy, fat pork and kerosene;
Castor oil and sugar of candy, I rubbed hair-oil on her face,
And I said she'll be a dandy when we reaches Harbour Grace.

O me, O my, I heard me old one cry,
O me, O my, I think I'm gonna die;
O me, O my, I heard me old one say,
I wish I had never taken this excursion around the bay.

My wife she got no better, oh me wife, me darling dear,
The screeches from her truly you could hear in Carbonear;
I tried every place in Harbour Grace, tried every store and shop,
To get her something for a cure or take her to the hop.

O me, O my, I heard me old one cry,
O me, O my, I think I'm gonna die;
O me, O my, I heard me old one say,
I wish I had never taken this excursion around the bay.

She died below the Brandies, as we were coming back,
We buried her in the ocean, wrapped up in a Union Jack;
So now I am a single man in search of a pretty face,
And the woman that says she'll have me, well we're off for Harbour Grace.

O me, O my, I heard me old one cry,
O me, O my, I think I'm gonna die;
O me, O my, I heard me old one say,
I wish I had never taken this excursion around the bay.

O me, O my, I heard me old one cry,
O me, O my, I think I'm gonna die;
O me, O my, I heard me old one say,
I wish I had never taken this excursion around the bay. HEY!

####.... Variant of an original ballad by Johnny Burke of St John's, NL [1851-1930] ....####
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The video above features a live encore performance by Great Big Sea during their show at the Northern Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton, Alberta in November 2008.

This variant was also recorded by Great Big Sea (Great Big Sea, trk#4, 1993, NRA Productions, St John's, NL); and (Road Rage, trk#18, 2000, Rounder Records, Cambridge, Massachusetts).


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The video below features a variant recorded by Rankin Street featuring Darrell Power with Séan McCann, Bob Hallett and Jackie St Croix (Pre-GBS tape - Live At The Blarneystone Pub in St John's, NL, trk#17, 1991, NRA Productions, Ltd).

#1785: YouTube video by alexmatchim
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

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It was [G] on a Sunday morning, and the day be calm and fine,
To the [D7] Harbour Grace excursion, with the [G] boys to [D7] have a [G] time;
And just before the sailor took the [C] gangway from the [G] pier,
I [C] saw some fella [G] haul me wife on [D7] board as a volun- [G] teer.

O [G] me, O my, I heard me old one cry,
O [D7] me, O my, I [G] think I'm [D7] gonna [G] die;
O me, O my, I [C] heard me old one [G] say,
I [C] wish I'd never [G] taken this ex- [D] cursion around the [G] bay.

We'd full [G] three hundred souls aboard, oh what a splendid sight,
Matt [D7] Strong in regimentals to [G] make our [D7] spirits [G] bright;
And meself being in the double from the [C] funny things they'd [G] say,
They'd [C] they'd choke themselves [G] from laughing when [D7] they see us in the [G] bay.

O [G] me, O my, I heard me old one cry,
O [D7] me, O my, I [G] think I'm [D7] gonna [G] die;
O me, O my, I [C] heard me old one [G] say,
I [C] wish I'd never [G] taken this ex- [D] cursion around the [G] bay.

My [G] wife she got no better, oh she turned a sickly green,
I fed [D7] her cake and candy, fat pork [G] and [D7] kero- [G] sene;
Castor-oil and sugar of candy, I rubbed [C] hair-oil on her [G] face,
And [C] I said she'll be [G] a dandy, when we [D7] reaches Harbour [G] Grace.

O [G] me, O my, I heard me old one cry,
O [D7] me, O my, I [G] think I'm [D7] gonna [G] die;
O me, O my, I [C] heard me old one [G] say,
I [C] wish I'd never [G] taken this ex- [D] cursion around the [G] bay.

My wife [G] she got no better, oh me wife, me darling dear,
The [D7] screeches from her truly you could [G] hear in [D7] Carbo- [G] near;
I tried every place in Harbour Grace, tried [C] every store and [G] shop,
To [C] get her something [G] for a cure, or [D7] take her to the [G] hop.

O [G] me, O my, I heard me old one cry,
O [D7] me, O my, I [G] think I'm [D7] gonna [G] die;
O me, O my, I [C] heard me old one [G] say,
I [C] wish I'd never [G] taken this ex- [D] cursion around the [G] bay.

She [G] died below the Brandies, as we were coming back,
We bur- [D7] ied her in the ocean, wrapped [G] up in a [D7] Union [G] Jack;
So now I am a single man in [C] search of a pretty [G] face,
And [C] the woman that [G] says she'll have me, well we're [D7] off for Harbour [G] Grace.

O [G] me, O my, I heard me old one cry,
O [D7] me, O my, I [G] think I'm [D7] gonna [G] die;
O me, O my, I [C] heard me old one [G] say,
I [C] wish I'd never [G] taken this ex- [D] cursion around the [G] bay.

O [G] me, O my, I heard me old one cry,
O [D7] me, O my, I [G] think I'm [D7] gonna [G] die;
O me, O my, I [C] heard me old one [G] say,
I [C] wish I'd never [G] taken this ex- [D] cursion around the [G] bay.

~MIDI and chords contributed by Bob Dumais~


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