#02062
Rollin' River (MacEdward Leach)

Oh, I thought I heard our captain say:
Away, you rollin' river;
Oh, come, my boys, and get underway,
To cross the western ocean.

Oh, the western ocean dark and dreary,
Oh, the western ocean's a sailor's delight;
Aha! And we're bound away,
For to cross the wild Missouri.

Oh, every roll our topmast quivers,
Away, you rollin' river;
Oh, every roll she roIls all under,
Aha! And we're bound away,
For to cross the wild Missouri.

####.... Author unknown. One of many variants of the song Shenandoah ....####

Collected in 1951 from Tom Cornelly possibly of St Shott's, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA). MacEdward Leach collected another variant in 1951 from John Augustus Molloy [1895-?] of St Shott's, NL.

GEST notes: Since Tom Cornelly's name is so similar to Tom Cornealy's, it is possible this song was collected from Tom Cornealy of Halifax, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, who Helen Creighton described as an informative old shellback (a sailor who has crossed the equator by boat) who claimed to have composed the marine ballad Captain Conrod in 1883, and also sang The Schooner Mary Anne and several shanties for her. This may also be true since no record of Tom Cornelly can be found in St Shott's.


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