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Ryans And The Pittmans (Ryan's Fancy) videos
See also: The Ryans And The Pittmans (The Fables)
And also: The Ryans And The Pittmans (Doyle)
And also: We'll Rant And We'll Roar (Blondahl)
And also: We'll Rant And We'll Roar (C Andrews)
And also: We'll Rant And We'll Roar (Leach)
And also: Rant & Roar (Great Big Sea)
#106: YouTube video by quickaccent2006
©2007 ~ Used with permission ~

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

I'm a son of a sea-cook, and a cook in a trader,
I can dance, I can sing, I can reef the main boom;
I handle the jigger, and 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 see bottom inside the two sunkers,
When straight through the Channel
to Toslow we'll go.

If the voyage is good then this fall I will do it,
I wants two pound ten for a ring and the priest,
A couple o' dollars for clean shirts and collars,
And a handful o' coppers to make up the feast.

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

Oh, farewell and adieu to ye girls of St. Kyran's,
Of Paradise and Presque, Big and Little Bona,
I'm bound unto Toslow to marry sweet Biddy,
And if I don't do so, I'm afraid of her da.

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

I bought me a house from sweet Katherine Davis,
A twenty-pound bed from Jimmy Pinaw;
I'll get me a settle, and a pot and a kettle,
Then I will be ready for Biddy McGraw!

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

Then here's a health to the girls of auld Fox Harbour,
Of Oderin and Presque, Crabbe's Hole and Brule;
Now let ye be jolly, don't be melancholy,
I can't marry all, or in chokey I'd be.

We'll rant and we'll roar like true Newfoundlanders,
We'll rant and we'll roar on deck and below,
Until we see bottom inside the 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 see bottom inside the 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 above arranged and recorded as Ryans And The Pittmans by Ryan's Fancy (Newfoundland Drinking Songs, trk#7, 1973, Audat Records, Oshawa, Ontario, recorded at Audio Atlantic, Halifax, Nova Scotia); and (Songs From The Shows, trk#6, 2001, produced for CBC Television by Jack Kellum, and recorded at CBC Television Studios, St John's, NL).

Liner Notes from Songs From The Shows: Vocal - Fergus O'Byrne.
In 1971, having lived in Toronto for four years, we decided to move to the East Coast and make Newfoundland our home. We were attracted by both the music and the people of Atlantic Canada. One of the first local songs we added to our repertoire was this great classic. We performed it on a show about the islands in Placentia Bay.


See more songs by Ryan's Fancy.

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).

Also 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).

The video below features a variant recorded by The Fables as track #12 on their self-titled album.


#1153: YouTube video by TheNewfoundlandMusic
©2016 ~ Used with permission ~

Note: Paradise, Oderin, Presque, Brule, and St Kyran's are tiny fishing villages along the west coast of Placentia Bay.

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

From the former 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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