#02783
The Ship That Never Returned (Omar Blondahl)
video
See also: The Ship That Never Returned
(John White)
#598: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

As I strolled out on a fine summer's morning,
'Twas blowing a pleasant breeze;
A ship set sail with a cargo lading,
For a port beyond the sea,
For a port beyond the sea.

Will she ever return? No, she'll never return,
For her fate is yet unlearned;
For years and years fond hearts have waited,
For the ship that has never returned.

Said a pale faced boy to his fond young mother,
"I must cross the deep blue sea.
They say perchance in a foreign country,
There's health and wealth for me,
Health and wealth for me."

A gleam of hope in a field of danger,
While the mother for her youngest she yearned;
But she sent him far with a smile and a blessing,
On a ship that has never returned,
On a ship that has never returned.

Will she ever return? No, she'll never return,
Though her fate is yet unlearned;
For years and years fond hearts have waited,
For the ship that has never returned.

"One more trip," said the gallant young captain,
As he kissed his family and wife.
"One more bag of the golden treasure,
'Twill keep us all through life,
'Twill keep us all through life.

"Then we'll settle down in our own cozy cottage,
And enjoy the sweet rest we've earned."
But, alas, poor man, he sailed commander,
Of a ship that has never returned,
On a ship that has never returned.

Will she ever return? No, she'll never return,
Though her fate is yet unlearned;
For years and years fond hearts have waited,
For the ship that has never returned.

####.... Variant of a song written by Henry Clay Work [1832-1884], published in 1885 as The Ship That Never Returned by S Brainard's Sons, Cleveland, Ohio, with sheet music deposited in The Library of Congress, Music Division, Digital ID: sm1885.21919.0/?sp=3. Also a variant of a native American ballad, The Ship That Never Returned [Laws D-27] Native American Balladry (G Malcolm Laws, 1950/1964) ....####
This variant recorded by Omar Blondahl (Songs Of Sea And Shore, trk#1, 1959, Arc Sound Ltd., Toronto, Ontario); and (The Great Seal Hunt Of Newfoundland [Songs Of The Sealers], trk#1, 1959, Banff-Rodeo Records Ltd, Mount Albert, Ontario, distributed by London Records of Canada)

See more songs by Omar Blondahl.

A variant was also recorded as The Ship That Never Returned by John White (Voice Of Newfoundland / John White With The Ray Walsh Band, trk#3, 1966, International Artists, Toronto, Ontario).

See more songs by John White.


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