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Towards The Sunset (Pat Byrne) video
#1366: YouTube video by townside99 ©2010
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Oh, swing her head 'round,
we're heading for the wester',
Swing her head 'round,
we're heading off the bay;
Oh, swing her head 'round,
we're heading t'wards the sunset,
Towards the sunset,
in search of yesterday.

All cares will vanish
as soon as we clear Bertold,
And the seven combers
that roll there day by day;
We're joined again with
those who sail before us,
T'wards Chapereau
or out to Golden Bay.

Our thoughts go back now
to those trim Yankee bankers,
Taking bait on for Georges
or the Briar;
And the song-sung men like
those who sailed from Bruley,
Bound for St Peters in
the springtime of the year.

Oh, swing her head 'round,
we're heading for the wester',
Swing her head 'round,
we're heading off the bay;
Oh, swing her head 'round,
we're heading t'wards the sunset,
Towards the sunset,
in search of yesterday.

Lost in the mists are
the ghosts of sturdy hunters,
From Rose-a-Rue still
searching for the whale;
And the ghostly fleet
forever beating win'ard,
Forever riding that
fabled August gale.

And the ghosts of those
who forever are returning,
From far aport or the
Indies with their charms;
Driving bows under to make it
home for Christmas,
To kitchen fires
and women's waiting arms.

The Islands stand now
like silent grey reminders,
Of times gone by when
Nat was in his prime;
They hold the secret for
all who wish to find it,
Forever flowing in blood
like yours and mine.

Oh, swing her head 'round,
we're heading for the wester',
Swing her head 'round,
we're heading off the bay;
Oh, swing her head 'round,
we're heading t'wards the sunset,
Towards the sunset,
in search of yesterday.

####.... Pat Byrne, performing rights administered by SOCAN, all rights reserved ....####
Recorded by Pat and Joe Byrne with Baxter Wareham (Towards The Sunset, Pigeon Inlet Productions, 1983, SingSong, Inc., 2003).

The video above features a live performance by Pat and Joe Byrne with Baxter Wareham at the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival on August 7, 2010.

From the American Meteorological Society Glossary:
Comber - large wave that rolls over or breaks on a beach, reef, etc.

From the Dictionary of Newfoundland English:
Bankers - fishing vessels engaged in cod-fishing on the Newfoundland offshore grounds, especially the Grand Banks.

General Notes:
Bruley (or Brule as it is often spelled) - small community on Merasheen Island in Placentia Bay. The community has since been abandoned.
Cape Chapereau - blunt headland at the entrance of Placentia Bay.
Georges (Georges Bank) - large elevated area of the sea floor which separates the Gulf of Maine from the Atlantic Ocean and is situated between Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Cape Sable Island, Nova Scotia.
Golden Bay - settlement in Southern Newfoundland, within the Cape Saint Mary's Park Reserve.
Rose-a-Rue - desolate Newfoundland landfall, once the location of a whaling station operated by Norwegians, with a slipway for hauling out dead whales, a processing plant, living quarters for the whalers, and not much else.
St Peters - from 1714 to 1764, the island of St Pierre, Miquelon was an English possession. During that time, the name was anglicized to St Peters, a name passed on by generations of Newfoundlanders.



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