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Three Score & Ten (Atlantic Union) tabs, MIDI, video
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Me thinks I see a host of crafts,
Spreading their sails alee,
Down the Humber, they do glide
All bound for the Northern Sea;
Me thinks I see on each small craft
A crew with hearts so brave,
Going out to earn their daily bread
Upon the restless wave.

And it's three score and ten
Boys and men were lost from Grimsby town,
From Yarmouth down to Scarborough
Many hundreds more were drowned;
Our herring craft, our trawlers,
Our fishing smacks as well,
They long did fight that bitter night
The battle with the swell.

Me thinks I see them yet again,
As they leave this land behind,
Casting their nets into the sea,
The herring shoals to find;
Methinks I see them yet again,
They're all on board all right,
With their nets rolled up and their decks cleaned off,
And the side lights burning bright.

And it's three score and ten
Boys and men were lost from Grimsby town,
From Yarmouth down to Scarborough
Many hundreds more were drowned;
Our herring craft, our trawlers,
Our fishing smacks as well,
They long did fight that bitter night
The battle with the swell.

Me thinks I've heard the captain say,
"Me lads we'll shorten sail,
With the sky to all appearances,
Looks like an approaching gale."
Methinks I see them yet again,
Midnight hour is past,
The little craft a-battling there
Against the icy blast.

And it's three score and ten
Boys and men were lost from Grimsby town,
From Yarmouth down to Scarborough
Many hundreds more were drowned;
Our herring craft, our trawlers,
Our fishing smacks as well,
They long did fight that bitter night
The battle with the swell.

October's night brought such a sight,
'Twas never seen before;
There were mast and yards and broken spars
A-washing on the shore;
There were many a heart in sorrow,
Many a heart so brave,
There were many a fine and hearty lad
That met a watery grave.

And it's three score and ten
Boys and men were lost from Grimsby town,
From Yarmouth down to Scarborough
Many hundreds more were drowned;
Our herring craft, our trawlers,
Our fishing smacks as well,
They long did fight that bitter night
The battle with the swell.

They long did fight that bitter night,
The battle with the swell.

####.... English traditional from a broadside produced by Whitby fisherman and songwriter William Delph to raise money for the families of seventy fishermen who died in a freak gale on February 8 & 9, 1889 ....####
The variant above features an arrangement by Jim Fidler for Atlantic Union on their self-titled debut CD, Atlantic Union, trk#2, 2000, recorded and mixed by Jim Fidler at The Roots Cellar, St John's, NL (winner of the 2000 Atlantic Ceilidh Album of the Year Award).

The variant in the video below features a live performance by Johnny McEvoy.


#458: YouTube video by machree01 ©2009
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(Capo 4th Fret)

Intro: [A] ||: [Asus4] [A] :|| x3

Chorus:
And it's three score and ten
Boys and men were [D] lost from Grimsby [A] Town,
From [E7] Yarmouth down to [A] Scarborough,
Many hundreds more were [E] drowned;
Our [A] herring craft, our trawlers,
Our [D] fishing smacks as [A] well,
They [E7] long did fight the bitter night,
Their battle with the [A] swells.

Me thinks I see a host of craft,
[D] Spreading their sails a- [A] lee,
As [E7] down the Humber [A] they do glide,
All bound for the Northern [E] Sea;
Me [A] thinks I see on each small craft,
A [D] crew with hearts so [A] brave,
Going [E7] out to earn their daily bread,
Upon the restless [A] wave.

Me thinks I see them yet again,
As they [D] leave this land be- [A] hind,
[E7] Casting their nets in- [A] to the sea,
The herring shoals to [E] find;
Me [A] thinks I see them yet again,
They're [D] all on board al- [A] right,
With their [E7] nets rolled up and their decks cleaned off
And the sidelights burning [A] bright.

Chorus:
And it's three score and ten
Boys and men were [D] lost from Grimsby [A] Town,
From [E7] Yarmouth down to [A] Scarborough,
Many hundreds more were [E] drowned;
Our [A] herring craft, our trawlers,
Our [D] fishing smacks as [A] well,
They [E7] long did fight the bitter night,
Their battle with the [A] swells.

Me thinks I've heard the captain say,
Me [D] lads, we'll shorten [A] sail,
For the [E7] sky by all ap- [A] pearances,
Looks like approaching [E] gale;
Me [A] thinks I see them yet again,
And the [D] midnight hour is [A] past,
The [E7] little craft a-battling there,
Against the icy [A] blast.

October's night brought such a sight,
'Twas [D] never seen be- [A] fore,
There were [E7] masts and yards and [A] broken spars
A-washing on the [E] shore;
There was [A] many a heart in sorrow,
[D] Many's a heart so [A] brave,
There's [E7] many's a fine and a hearty lad,
That's met a watery [A] grave.

Chorus:
And it's three score and ten
Boys and men were [D] lost from Grimsby [A] Town,
From [E7] Yarmouth down to [A] Scarborough,
Many hundreds more were [E] drowned;
Our [A] herring craft, our trawlers,
Our [D] fishing smacks as [A] well,
They [E7] long did fight the bitter night,
Their battle with the [A] swells.

Chorus:
And it's three score and ten
Boys and men were [D] lost from Grimsby [A] Town,
From [E7] Yarmouth down to [A] Scarborough,
Many hundreds more were [E] drowned;
Our [A] herring craft, our trawlers,
Our [D] fishing smacks as [A] well,
They [E7] long did fight the bitter night,
Their battle with the [A] swells.

~ Chords contributed by Bob Dumais ~


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