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Bound For St Peters (Jim Payne & Fergus O'Byrne)
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We're bound for St Peters for baccy and rum.
(Goodbye, fare ye well, goodbye, fare ye well.)
We're bound for St Peters for baccy and rum.
(Hurrah, me boys, we're homeward bound.)

And when we are hauling up to the dock,
(Goodbye, fare ye well, goodbye, fare ye well.)
All the girls and the boys around us will flock.
(Hurrah, me boys, we're homeward bound.)

And one to the other you'll hear them all say,
(Goodbye, fare ye well, goodbye, fare ye well.)
"Here comes jolly Jack and his eighteen months pay."
(Hurrah, me boys, we're homeward bound.)

And when we are landed, we'll jump all ashore,
(Goodbye, fare ye well, goodbye, fare ye well.)
And head for the tavern, we'll walk in that door.
(Hurrah, me boys, we're homeward bound.)

The landlord will greet us, his face all a smile,
(Goodbye, fare ye well, goodbye, fare ye well.)
Saying, "Drink up, ye sailors, it's worth all your while."
(Hurrah, me boys, we're homeward bound.)

But quickly his smile will turn into a frown.
(Goodbye, fare ye well, goodbye, fare ye well.)
There's poor jolly Jack with his money all gone.
(Hurrah, me boys, we're homeward bound.)

He'll then throw us out and the door he will lock.
(Goodbye, fare ye well, goodbye, fare ye well.)
Our pockets all empty, we'll head back to dock.
(Hurrah, me boys, we're homeward bound.)

So 'tis out we are bound and 'tis out we must go.
(Goodbye, fare ye well, goodbye, fare ye well.)
'Tis out we are bound and we cannot say no.
(Hurrah, me boys, we're homeward bound.)

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a traditional sea shanty sung by British sailors as they walked the capstan 'round, raising the anchor to go home. ....####

This variant recorded by Jim Payne and Fergus O'Byrne (Wave Over Wave - 1997 East Coast Music Awards Roots/Traditional Artist nominee).

See more songs by Jim Payne.

A short two-verse variant was published as Homeward Bound 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.63, 1940; Third edition, p.29, 1955).

Also published on p.32 of Songs Of Newfoundland, a complimentary booklet of lyrics to twenty-one songs distributed by the Bennett Brewing Co Ltd, of St John's, NL, with the cooperation of the Gerald S Doyle Song Book.

Note: From 1714 to 1764, the island of St Pierre, Miquelon was an English possession. During that time, the name was anglicized to St Peters, a name passed on by generations of Newfoundlanders.

From the Dictionary of Newfoundland English:
Baccy - tobacco.


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