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The Greenland Disaster (Figgy Duff) video
See also: The Greenland Disaster (Mac Leach)
And also: The Greenland Disaster (A House)
And also: The Greenland Disaster (A C Wornell)
And also: The Greenland Disaster (Mrs John Walsh)
#1259: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

Sad comes the news from over the sea,
from over the troubling main,
To fill the hearts of those they loved
with sorrow and with pain,
With sorrow and with pain.
To fill the hearts of those they loved
with sorrow and with pain.

Oh, it's less than three short weeks today
they left their native shore,
But all, alas, they never returned
to see their friends no more,
To see their friends no more.
But all, alas, they never returned
to see their friends no more.

The Greenland sailed the tenth of March,
her crew in spirits bright,
Not thinking that they would pass on
on that fearful cold March night,
And with a crew of fine young men
who left in spirits gay,
Stood brisk upon the barricade
as she steamed out that day.

They struck the seals St Patrick's day
and then the work began,
With thirteen thousand hoist on board,
and thousands more did pan,
Unto the twenty-first of March,
four watches less that day,
A blinding snow storm soon came on
and they got cast away,
And they got cast away.
A blinding snow storm soon came on
and they got cast away.

There's two young Quidi Vidi boys,
there's Chillie and Court Down,
There's William Collins from Torbay,
and two from St John's town.
The others are from the northern bays,
and six from Harbour Grace,
All, on that wild and terrible night
a fearful death did face.
A fearful death did face.
All, on that wild and terrible night
a fearful death did face.

But may the great Almighty God
their troubles soon make light,
And ease the broken hearts of those
who lost their friends that night,
Who lost their friends that night.
And ease the broken hearts of those
who lost their friends that night.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an original Newfoundland song ....####
This variant was recorded by Figgy Duff with Pamela Morgan (Figgy Duff, trk#6, 1980, Posterity Records, Toronto, Ontario, produced by Gary Furniss and Tom Treumuth for Hypnotic Productions, recorded and mixed at Nimbus 9 Studios, Toronto, Ontario); with a second release: (Figgy Duff, trk#6, 1997, Amber Music, Topsail, NL).

See more songs by Pamela Morgan.

See more songs by Figgy Duff.

A variant was also sung as The Greenland Disaster by James (Jim) Rice [1879-1958] of Cape Broyle, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

Note: The Greenland was built in Ireland in 1872. On March 21, 1898, her crew was stranded on the ice while sealing and perished.



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