#00946
Jack Hinks (Great Big Sea) with chords and video
See also: Jack Hinks (Collected by Greenleaf and Mansfield)
And also: Jack Hinks (Collected by John White)

         #701: YouTube video by BetweenTheRock ©2009
                          ~ Used with permission ~
                           ~ Song starts at 1:34 ~

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Ah.... When Jack comes ashore,
He's got money galore,
And he's seldom cut short of a job;
He can dress now as well,
As any can tell,
With a good silver watch in his fob.

Poor Jack in his life,
Was ne'er paired with a wife,
Though sometimes with lasses he links;
He's a seafaring, sail-making, gamboling, capering,
Grog-drinking hero, Jack Hinks,
Oh, oh, Jack Hinks.

When inclined for to spend,
He walks in with a friend,
And with pleasure he sits himself down;
He tips off his glass,
And he winks at the lass,
And he smiles if she happens to frown.

And like a rattling true blue,
When the reckoning comes due,
On the table the money he clinks.
He's a seafaring, sail-making, gamboling, capering,
Grog-drinking hero....

Bound home the other fall,
We fell into a squall,
'Round the northernmost head of Cape Freels;
We were washed away,
Without further delay,
At the thought how my spirit it chills.

We were bashed on the rocks,
Like a hard-hunted fox,
Of death and destruction we thinks;
He's a seafaring, sail-making, gamboling, capering,
Grog-drinking hero, Jack Hinks,
Oh, oh, Jack Hinks.

But, Jack, without fail,
Was out in that same gale,
Having drove across Bonavist' Bay;
Old Neptune did rale,
As he handed off sail,
And he had his two spars cut away.

Oh, but Providence kind
So eases the wind,
And on sailors so constantly thinks;
He saved that seafaring sail-making, gamboling, capering,
Seafaring, sail-making, gamboling, capering,
Seafaring, sail-making, gamboling, capering,
Grog-drinking hero.... Jack Hinks.

####.... Johnny Quigley ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by Great Big Sea (Turn, trk#12, 1999, Sire Records, New York, NY).

The YouTube video above features a live performance by Great Big Sea with a long (1:34) lead-in at the First Mainstage Show during the Ships and Dip V cruise in February, 2009.


See more songs by Great Big Sea.

A variant was published in Burke's Ballads, p.63, c.1960, compiled by John White and archived at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Libraries, Centre For Newfoundland Studies - Digitized Books collection with the following comment:
"The author of this song, which is certainly a gem, was Johnnie Quigley, the bard from Erin as he was wont to be styled by Newfoundlanders in the old days, was a contemporary and friend of John Burke. It is a very old song and but very few remember the days in which it was written."

A slightly different variant, collected and edited by Elisabeth Bristol Greenleaf and recorded in the field by Grace Yarrow Mansfield, was published as #131 in Ballads And Sea Songs Of Newfoundland by Harvard University Press (1933).

A variant was also published in Gerald S. Doyle's Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland: Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers (Second edition, p.9, 1940; Third edition, p.9, 1955).



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Notes On Guitar Tabs:
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(Capo 5th fret)

Intro: [C] [Am7] [Dm7] [G] [C] [Dm] [G] [C] [Am7] [Dm7] [G] [C] [G7] [C]

When Jack comes a- [Am7] shore,
He's got [Dm7] money ga- [G] lore,
And he's [C] seldom cut [Dm] short of a [G] job;
He can [C] dress now as [Am7] well,
As [Dm7] any can [G] tell,
With a [C] good silver [G7] watch in his [C] fob.

Poor [C] Jack [C] in [C] his [C] life,
Was ne'er [Dm] paired [Dm] with [Dm] a [G7] wife,
Though [C] sometimes with [Dm7] lasses he [G] links; [G7]
He's a [C] seafaring, [Am7] sail-making, [Dm7] gamboling, [G] capering,
[C] Grog-drinking [G7] hero, Jack [C] Hinks,
[G7] Oh, oh, Jack [C] Hinks.

When inclined for to [Am7] spend,
He walks [Dm7] in with a [G] friend,
And with [C] pleasure he [Dm] sits himself [G] down;
He [C] tips off his [Am7] glass,
And he [Dm7] winks at the [G] lass,
And he [C] smiles if she [G7] happens to [C] frown.

And like a [C] ratt- [C] ling [C] true [C] blue,
When the [Dm] reckon- [Dm] ing [Dm] comes [G7] due,
On the [C] table the [Dm7] money he [G] clinks; [G7]
He's a [C] seafaring, [Am7] sail-making, [Dm7] gamboling, [G] capering,
[C] Grog-drinking [G7] hero....

Interlude: (accordian solo)

Bound home the other [Am7] fall,
We fell [Dm7] into a [G] squall,
'Round the [C] northermost [Dm] head of Cape [G] Freels;
We [C] were washed a- [Am7] way,
Without [Dm7] further de- [G] lay,
At the [C] thought, how my [G7] spirit it [C] chills.

We were [C] bashed [C] on [C] the [C] rocks,
Like a [Dm] hard- [Dm] hunt- [Dm] ed [G7] fox,
Of [C] death and des- [Dm7] truction we [G] thinks; [G7]
He's a [C] seafaring, [Am7] sail-making, [Dm7] gamboling, [G] capering,
[C] Grog-drinking [G7] hero, Jack [C] Hinks,
[G7] Oh, oh, Jack [C] Hinks.

Jack, without [Am7] fail,
Was out [Dm7] in that same [G] gale,
Having [C] drove across [Dm] Bonavist' [G] Bay;
Oh, [C] Neptune did [Am7] rale,
As he [Dm7] handed off [G] sail,
And [C] he had his two [G7] spars cut a- [C] way.

Oh, but [C] Pro- [C] vi- [C] dence [C] kind
That so [Dm] ease- [Dm] s [Dm] the [G7] wind,
And on [C] sailors so [Dm7] constantly [G] thinks; [G7]
He saved that [C] seafaring, [Am7] sail-making, [Dm7] gamboling, [G] capering,
[C] Seafaring, [Am7] sail-making, [Dm7] gamboling, [G] capering,
[C] Seafaring, [Am7] sail-making, [Dm7] gamboling, [G] capering, [C]
Grog-drinking [G7] hero.... Jack Hinks.

(In C chord position play each string one at a time slowly)
A string 3rd fret,
D string 2nd fret,
G string open,
B string 1st fret.

~ Chords contributed by Bob Dumais ~





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