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The Ryans And The Pittmans (The Fables)
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See also: The Ryans And The Pittmans (Doyle)
And also: Ryans And The Pittmans (Ryan's Fancy)
And also: We'll Rant And We'll Roar (Blondahl)
And also: We'll Rant And We'll Roar (Leach)
And also: We'll Rant And We'll Roar (C Andrews)
And also: Rant & Roar (Great Big Sea)
#1153: YouTube video by TheNewfoundlandMusic
©2016 ~ Used with permission ~

I'm a son of a sea-cook, I'm a cook on a trader,
I can dance, I can sing, I can reef the main boom;
I can handle the jigger, and I cuts a fine figure,
Whenever I gets in the boat's standing room.

We'll rant and we'll roar
like true Newfoundlanders,
We'll rant and we'll roar on deck and below,
Until we strikes bottom inside of two sunkers,
When straight through the Channel
to Toslow we'll go.

If the voyage is good in the fall I will do it,
I have three pounds ten for a ring and a priest,
And a couple o' dollars for white shirts and collars,
And a handful o' tuppence to pay for a feast.

We'll rant and we'll roar
like true Newfoundlanders,
We'll rant and we'll roar on deck and below,
Until we strikes bottom inside of two sunkers,
When straight through the Channel
to Toslow we'll go.

Farewell and adieu to ye fair girls of Valen,
Farewell and adieu ye girls in the cove;
I am bound for the west
to the wall with the hole in,
And I'll take her from Toslow
the wide world to rove.

We'll rant and we'll roar
like true Newfoundlanders,
We'll rant and we'll roar on deck and below,
Until we strikes bottom inside of two sunkers,
When straight through the Channel
to Toslow we'll go.

We'll rant and we'll roar
like true Newfoundlanders,
We'll rant and we'll roar on deck and below,
Until we strikes bottom inside of two sunkers,
When straight through the Channel
to Toslow we'll go.

####.... Henry W Le Messurier, CMG [1848-1931] c.1878 - civil servant (60 years); politician; author; editor of the Evening Herald and later deputy minister of customs in St John's ....####
This variant and video arranged and recorded as The Ryans And The Pittmans by The Fables (St John's / The Fables, trk#12, 2002, Chummy Jigger Productions, St John's, NL).

See more songs by The Fables.

Also published as The Ryans And The Pittmans 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.53, 1940; Third edition, p.51, 1955).

And published on pp.14-15 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 from which the words were obtained. Also printed in 1912 by James Murphy [1867-1931] in Old Songs of Newfoundland.

A variant was sung by Clara O'Driscoll [1899-1978] of Tors Cove, NL, and published as We'll Rant And We'll Roar in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was recorded as Newfoundlanders Lament by Dick Nolan on two early albums (Be True Newfoundlanders, c.1968, and Newfie Hits, c.1968).

From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Settle - long, home-made wooden bench with arms and high back; unupholstered couch; stretcher.
Standing Room - compartment between the thwarts of an undecked fishing boat.
Sunker - submerged rock over which the sea breaks; familiar form of sunken rock; breaker; grounder.

From the TerraX Glossary of Boating Terms:
Boom - pole securing the bottom of a sail, allowing more control of the sail's position.
Reef - to partially lower a sail so that it is not as large. This helps prevent too much sail from being in use when the wind gets stronger.



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