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The Flowers Of Bermuda (Stan Rogers)

He was the captain of the Nightingale,
Twenty-one days from Clyde-In-Coal;
He could smell the flowers of Bermuda in the gale,
When he died on the North Rock Shoal.

Just five short hours from Bermuda, in a fine October gale,
There came a cry: Oh, there be breakers dead ahead!
From the collier, Nightingale,
No sooner had the captain brought her 'round,
Came a rending crash below;
Hard on her beam-ends, groaning, went the Nightingale,
And overside her mainmast goes.

He was the captain of the Nightingale,
Twenty-one days from Clyde-In-Coal;
He could smell the flowers of Bermuda in the gale,
When he died on the North Rock Shoal.

Oh, captain, are we all for drowning?
Came the cry from all the crew.
The boats are smashed! How are we all then to be saved?
They are stove in through and through!
Oh, are ye brave and hardy collier men,
Or are ye blind and cannot see?
The captain's gig still lies before ye whole and sound,
It shall carry all o' we.

He was the captain of the Nightingale,
Twenty-one days from Clyde-In-Coal;
He could smell the flowers of Bermuda in the gale,
When he died on the North Rock Shoal.

But when the crew was all assembled,
And the gig prepared for sea,
'Twas seen there were but eighteen places to be manned,
Nineteen mortal souls were we;
But cries the captain: Now do not delay,
Nor do ye spare a thought for me.
My duty is to save ye all now, if I can.
See ye return quick as can be.

He was the captain of the Nightingale,
Twenty-one days from Clyde-In-Coal;
He could smell the flowers of Bermuda in the gale,
When he died on the North Rock Shoal.

Oh, there be flowers in Bermuda, beauty lies on every hand,
And there be laughter, ease and drink for every man,
But there is no joy for me;
For when we reached the wretched Nightingale,
What an awful sight was plain:
The captain, drowned, was tangled in the mizzen chains,
Smiling bravely beneath the sea.

####.... Stan Rogers ....####
Recorded by Stan Rogers (Between The Breaks... Live! ©1979 Fogarty's Cove Music).

Liner notes by Stan Rogers:
"I took my first trip to Bermuda in May of 1978 and loved it. While I was there I discovered that the whole area around Bermuda is a kind of ship graveyard. I found a map showing the location of most of the known wrecks and discovered that a coal carrier called the Nightingale sank off the North Rock in the early 1880's. The rest of the details are pure invention, except for the fact that Bermuda is lovely."


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A variant was arranged and recorded by Dave Anthony who is originally from St John's, NL (31B Victoria, trk#11, 2001, Independent, Stittsville, Ontario)

From the Free Dictionary:
Gig - (Nautical) A long light ship's boat, usually reserved for use by the ship's captain. A fast light rowboat.



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