#00857
The Nellie J. Banks (Connemara) with lyrics and video

                #2385: YouTube video by dshorock ©2010
                             ~ Used with permission ~

There's rum in the hold of the Nellie J. Banks,
Prince Edward Island bound;
Late on a night when the moon shines bright,
You can find her off Georgetown.

She left St. Pierre on the tenth of May,
Prince Edward Island bound;
For the winter's done and there's very little rum,
In the harbours and the towns.
And the fishermen watch for the dirty sail,
As they trawl on Tracadie Bay;
And they give a great shout when they finally figure out,
Nellie Banks is on her way.

There's rum in the hold of the Nellie J. Banks,
Prince Edward Island bound;
Late on a night when the moon shines bright,
You can find her off Georgetown.

There's Captain Lillington at the helm,
He comes from Newfoundland;
With a bottle of brandy always on the deck,
And an extra case on hand.
He's drunk but he holds a leeward stance,
As he sails the schooner true;
And the government cutters simply fall astern,
When he shows what the Banks can do.

There's rum in the hold of the Nellie J. Banks,
Prince Edward Island bound;
Late on a night when the moon shines bright,
You can find her off Georgetown.

Well, the government cutters hug the shore,
With a glass upon Rum Row;
For they know the Nellie Banks is out upon the bay,
And a runner is sure to show.
And Lillington keeps her four miles out,
Though the boundary it is three;
But late at night when the cutter's out of sight,
She slips into a lee.

There's rum in the hold of the Nellie J. Banks,
Prince Edward Island bound;
Late on a night when the moon shines bright,
You can find her off Georgetown.

On an August night in the pale moonlight,
With the Banks off Short Point shore;
A shot rang out and a voice began to shout,
"Heave to, or we'll fire more!"
And the morning light saw a terrible sight,
As the Banks was towed away;
No more will the Nellie J. Banks run rum,
No more will the fishermen say:

There's rum in the hold of the Nellie J. Banks,
Prince Edward Island bound;
Late on a night when the moon shines bright,
You can find her off Georgetown.

Yes, there's rum in the hold of the Nellie J. Banks,
We saw her sail today;
You'll find her on the nights when the moon don't shine,
Three miles off Tracadie Bay.

####.... Lennie Gallant ....####
See more songs by Lennie Gallant.

A variant was recorded by Connemara [1992-1997] (Near & Distant Shores, trk#1, 1995, Connemara Enterprises Ltd., St. John's, NL, produced by Jason Whelan & Connemara and recorded at The Sound Solution, St. John's, NL).

See more songs by Connemara.

The YouTube video above features an excellent live performance by Connemara at the 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival at Bannerman Park in St. John's, NL.

Note: One of Prince Edward Island's more notorious rum runners, the Nellie J. Banks, captained by Isreal Lillington, eluded authorities until August 9, 1938, and was the last rum runner seized off Atlantic Canada.

From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Trawl - buoyed line, of great length, to which short lines with baited hooks are attached at intervals.






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