#00717
Day Of The Clipper (Schooner Fare) video
#252: YouTube video by sangstda ©2007
~ Used with permission ~

You can see the squares of canvas dancing over the horizon,
You can hear the chanty wailing to the heaving of the men;
You can feel the seas up to your knees and you know the sea is risin',
And you know the clipper's day has come again.
To the men on high the bos'n's cry commands a killing strain,
Till every mother's son begins to pray;
With a hearty shout she comes about and she heads into the rain,
And the ship has never seen a better day.

Sailing ships and sailing men will sail the open water,
Where the only thing that matters is the wind inside the main;
So all you loving mothers keep your eyes upon your daughters,
For the sails will mend their tatters and the masts will rise again.

Wooden beams and human dreams are all that make her go,
And the magic of the wind upon her sails;
We'd rather fight the weather than the fishes down below,
God help us if the rigging ever fails.
As the timber creaks the captain speaks above the vessel's groans,
Till every soul on board can hear the call;
It's nothing but the singing of the ship inside her bones,
And this is when she likes it best of all.

Sailing ships and sailing men will sail the open water,
Where the only thing that matters is the wind inside the main;
So all you loving mothers keep your eyes upon your daughters,
For the sails will mend their tatters and the masts will rise again.

Where the current goes the clipper's nose is plowing fields of green,
Where fortune takes the crews we wish them well;
Where men could be when lost at sea is somewhere in between,
The regions of a heaven and a hell.
Well they're sailing eastern harbors and the California shore,
If you set your mind to see them then you can;
As you count each mast go sailing past you, prouder than before,
Then you'll know the clipper's day has come again.

Sailing ships and sailing men will sail the open water,
Where the only thing that matters is the wind inside the main;
So all you loving mothers keep your eyes upon your daughters,
For the sails will mend their tatters and the masts will rise again.

Sailing ships and sailing men will sail the open water,
Where the only thing that matters is the wind inside the main;
So all you loving mothers keep your eyes upon your daughters,
For the sails will mend their tatters and the masts will rise again.

####.... Steve Romanoff of Schooner Fare ....####
Recorded by Schooner Fare (Day Of The Clipper, 1978; Alive, 1983; Classic Schooner Fare, 1989).

See more songs by Schooner Fare.

The video above features a variant by McGinty (Sea Songs, trk#3, 2000, Rocky Coast Music Inc, Halifax, Nova Scotia).

From Wikipedia:
Clipper - very fast sailing ship of the 19th-century that had three or more masts and a square rig. They were generally narrow for their length, could carry limited bulk freight, small by later 19th century standards, and had a large total sail area. Clipper ships were mostly constructed in British and American shipyards, though France, Brazil, the Netherlands and other nations also produced some. Clippers sailed all over the world, primarily on the trade routes between the United Kingdom and its colonies in the east, in trans-Atlantic trade, and the New York-to-San Francisco route around Cape Horn during the California Gold Rush. Dutch clippers were built beginning in the 1850s for the tea trade and passenger service to Java. The boom years of the clipper ship era began in 1843 as a result of the growing demand for a more rapid delivery of tea from China. It continued under the stimulating influence of the discovery of gold in California and Australia in 1848 and 1851, and ended with the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869.



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