#02230
The Bonny Ship The Diamond (Ryan's Fancy)
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#89: YouTube video by kelticknots
©2007 ~ Used with permission ~

The Diamond is a ship, me boys,
for the Davis Strait she's bound,
And the quay it is all garnishèd
with bonny lasses 'round;
Captain Thompson gives the order
to sail the ocean wide,
Where the sun it never sets, me boys,
and darkness fills the sky.

And it's cheer up, me lads,
let your hearts never fail,
As the bonny ship, the Diamond,
goes a-fishing for the whale.

Along the quay at Peterhead,
the lassies gather 'round,
With their shawls all pulled about them
and the salt tears flowing down;
Now don't you weep, me bonny lass,
though you'll be left behind,
For the rose will grow on Greenland's shores
before we change our mind.

And it's cheer up, me lads,
let your hearts never fail,
As the bonny ship, the Diamond,
goes a-fishing for the whale.

When we reach certain home again
in the springtime of the year,
We'll have pockets full of gold
and pounds to fatten life with cheer;
We'll make the cradles for to rock
and the blankets for to tear,
And every lass in Peterhead will cry,
"Hushabye, my dear".

And it's cheer up, me lads,
let your hearts never fail,
As the bonny ship, the Diamond,
goes a-fishing for the whale.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a British whaling song ....####
This variant was recorded for the Ryan's Fancy CBC television series with Fergus O'Byrne, Dermot O'Reilly and Phyllis Morrissey onboard MV Bonavista on her final voyage down the coast of Labrador in 1986. In this segment, while waiting for the ship to take on supplies, the three sing on the quay.

See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

A variant was recorded by Connemara [1992-1997] (Near & Distant Shores, trk#9, 1995, Connemara Enterprises Ltd, St John's, NL, produced by Jason Whelan & Connemara and recorded at The Sound Solution, St John's, NL).

See more songs by Connemara.

Excerpted from the sleeve notes of A L Lloyd's 1967 album Leviathan! Ballads And Songs Of The Whaling Trade:
Sad events lie behind this most spirited of whaling songs. By the 1820s the relatively milder northern waters were fished clean, and whalemen were having to search in more distant corners of the Arctic, notably around the mighty and bitter Melville Bay in Northwest Greenland. In 1830, a fleet of fifty British whaleships reached the grounds in early June, a month before they expected. But the same winds that had helped them also crowded the Bay with icefloes and locked most of the fleet in, including the Diamond, the Resolution, the Rattler (not Battler) of Leigh (not Montrose), and the Eliza Swan. Twenty fine ships were crushed to splinters and many bold whalermen froze or drowned. The Eliza Swan was among those that got free and brought the sad news home. This song must have been made only a season or two before that tragedy for the Diamond's maiden voyage was only in 1825.

The video below features an excellent performance of a variant by Jesse Ferguson of Cornwall, Ontario, Fredericton, New Brunswick and Sydney, Nova Scotia.


#671: YouTube video by BardofCornwall
©2012 ~ Used with permission ~


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