#00836
Harbors Of Home (Muir, Trickett, Bok)

The sun in the morning
used to call me to the day,
And the wind from the sea
could blow my cares away;
And I'll never more go down
to watch the boats come in the bay,
Watch the boats in the harbors of home.

Good sailors on the MaryAnn,
the finest, pledged to me,
He went under with the others
when the boat went down at sea;
And gone with him are all our dreams
of happiness to be,
Waiting for us in the harbors of home.

The sun in the morning
used to call me to the day,
And the wind from the sea
could blow my cares away;
And I'll never more go down
to watch the boats come in the bay,
Watch the boats in the harbors of home.

Just like it was yesterday,
I hear the churchbells toll,
And time it takes forever
and the hours slowly roll;
Though they tell me passing days
surely heal an aching soul,
My tears could fill the harbors of home.

The sun in the morning
used to call me to the day,
And the wind from the sea
could blow my cares away;
And I'll never more go down
to watch the boats come in the bay,
Watch the boats in the harbors of home.

The ocean gives us fish,
and the fish it buys our bread,
Strike a bargain with the devil
so that all of us are fed;
But nothing's given free
and our bonnie boys are dead,
All our young men from the harbors of home.

The sun in the morning
used to call me to the day,
And the wind from the sea
could blow my cares away;
And I'll never more go down
to watch the boats come in the bay,
Watch the boats in the harbors of home.
Watch the boats in the harbors of home.

####.... Joan Sprung of Plainfield, Vermont ....####
Recorded by Norm and Betty McDonald of Slimbridge, Gloucester, England. Betty and Norman hail from the north-east of England (Canny Newcastle) and sing a variety of Geordie, Scottish and American songs in harmony, some acapella, but most accompanied by banjo and guitar, or guitar and autoharp. Having lived in Scotland for twelve years they now live in Southwest England and are well known in the area for their appearances at folk clubs and festivals.

A variant was also recorded by Gordon Bok, Ann Mayo Muir, and Ed Trickett (Harbors Of Home, Trk#11, 1998, Timberline Music).


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