#03126
The Fate Of The Bristol Heart (Bruce Moss)
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There was once a noble whaling ship
that came from Bristol Bay,
She was rigged with sails to catch
the wind that carried her away
To far off ports in far off lands
with cargoes bound for trade,
Manned by rugged men with nerves of steel,
who braved the watery grave.

Sail away across the wild blue sea,
May God speed you safely on your way;
Sail away across the quiet sea.

In the year of our Lord, 1900 and five,
the Bristol Heart set sail,
From St John's, bound for England,
with a cargo full of whales;
With a crew of half brave-hearted men,
all seasoned sons of the sea,
She sailed that day on the morning tide
to greet her destiny.

Sail away across the wild blue sea,
May God speed you safely on your way;
Sail away across the quiet sea.

The sea was calm, the sky was fair,
on the morning she set sail,
But by four o'clock the sky grew dark,
and there came a southern gale;
The wind came howling from the north,
bringing snow and freezing rain,
And by eight o'clock the ship was caught
in the bowels of a hurricane.

Sail away across the wild blue sea,
May God speed you safely on your way;
Sail away across the quiet sea.

The noble ship was tossed about
by waves that touched the sky,
And the gallant crew were sailors too,
their time had come to die;
As each man bowed his head to pray,
there came a crushing sound,
Then the sea poured in to spell the end
and suck the good ship down.

Sail away across the wild blue sea,
May God speed you safely on your way;
Sail away across the quiet sea.

When the storm had passed,
the sky turned grey, nothing could be seen,
For the Bristol Heart
and her gallant crew vanished in a dream,
But though she may have
never been in life's reality,
There's many a ship, many a soul,
swallowed by the sea.

Sail away across the wild blue sea,
May God speed you safely on your way;
Sail away across the quiet sea.
Sail away across the quiet sea.

####.... Bruce Moss of Portugal Cove, NL. Performance rights administered by SOCAN. All rights reserved ....####
Recorded by Bruce Moss (The Islander, trk#6, 1982, Quay Records [1976-1983] Stephenville, NL, produced by Moss/Bishop/Caines, recorded at Clode Sound Studios, Stephenville, NL).

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