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Wreck Of The Anna Maria (Ryan's Fancy) video
#94: YouTube video by quickaccent2006 ©2007
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Forty long days in an old sailing ship,
How my eyes long to rest on the shore!
I'll be glad to see land and to touch the fair hand,
Of the maiden I left there before.

From the African sea we've come loaded,
With coconut, spices, and coal;
And perfume, gold, and silk dresses,
For our womenfolk's eyes to behold.

Now the wind and the seas are a-rising,
And the sails feel the birth of a storm;
I turn up my coat and feel good with the thought,
That soon I'll be home in the warm.

There's trouble there up in the rigging,
And the decks are awash with the sea;
Sailors and deck hands are climbing,
As the sails try to wrench themselves free.

We grab the land scratched with our fingers,
As the rigging scraped hard in the gale;
With the wind and the seas not abating,
Our efforts seem destined to fail.

The lifeboats are falling about us,
And we swim for our life in the swell;
Would we get home to our loved ones again,
No one really could tell.

A light in the distance before us,
Spurs us on like a welcoming hand;
And we row hard with joy in our voices,
Rowing close to the safety of land.

Our ship was the brave Anna Maria,
She was found on the rocks broke in two;
The cargo was lost with the captain,
And the boatswain and mate of the crew.

Forty long days in an old sailing ship,
How my eyes long to rest on the shore!
I'll be glad to see land and to touch the fair hand,
Of the maiden I left there before.

####.... Author unknown ....####
This arrangement recorded by Ryan's Fancy (Dark Island - A Portrait Of Ryan's Fancy, trk#8, ©1971, Audat Records, Oshawa, Ontario).

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

As far as GEST can determine, the Anna Maria was an Orkney schooner with a cargo of coal for Stromness, one of the two largest cities in the Orkney Islands of Scotland. She ran ashore on the south side of Stroma in 1925. The crew landed on the rocks and the vessel became a total loss. See: Wrecks Of The Pentland Firth.

Note: The Pentland Firth is actually a strait that separates the Orkney Islands from Caithness in the far north of the Highland area of Scotland and connects the North Sea with the Atlantic Ocean.



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