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Malone (Collected by MacEdward Leach)

Come all ye Newfoundlanders
and listen unto me,
And hear how gallant Bill Malone
leapt in the boiling sea
To save the life of young Tom Bones,
the steamer's cabin boy.
But for the pluck of brave Malone
this lad would surely die.

'Twas on the 14th day of June
for New York City bound,
A steamer called the New Orleans,
with engine strong and sound,
Was steaming forty knots an hour
when to our great surprise,
We saw young Tommy Bones
washed off before our eyes.

He struggled in the boisterous waves
in all his youthful bloom,
And sank to rise no more
upon the 14th day of June;
When near the wheel we heard a splash
and then a joyful cry,
For there was brave Malone,
he was swimming for the boy.

Dressed out in oilskins and seal boots,
he didn't wait to think,
He saw the poor young cabin boy
in treacherous waters sink;
And with that pluck and kindly heart
in sons of Newfoundland,
To see a messmate in distress
his blood could never stand.

He made a leap and saved the boy
and kept his head afloat,
Till five brave British sailor boys
drew near from them in a boat;
They brought Malone and the boy
aboard while cheers went high,
For that brave son of Newfoundland
who saved the cabin boy.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional Newfoundland song ....####

Sung by Pat Sullivan [1880-1959] of Calvert, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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