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Sou'west Gale (Bay Boys) video
#1870: YouTube video by outportoutlaw
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

Come all my hearty countrymen,
come listen unto me,
A fierce and wintry sou'west gale
blew in from out to sea;
Just at the break of dawn that day
the fishermen were bound,
In dory boats and little skiffs
off to the fishing ground.

The storm sprang up quite suddenly,
but they were bold and brave,
And homeward sailed through heavy seas,
their lives and boats to save;
They reached the shelf at Harbour Grace,
all safe and sound but one,
In a little boat far out to sea
was an old man and his son.

The raging seas were mountains high
as snowstorms swept the land,
The home folks waited anxiously
to lend a helping hand;
What had befallen those at sea
they could but guess and fear,
They raised their prayers to God on high
for the men they loved so dear.

But those at home were snug and warm,
safe from all harm and strife,
While those at sea that cold, cruel night
were fighting for their life;
Fierce winds broke over every shoal
and rocky point around,
That left no hope and boat must swamp
or else must go aground.

When morning came the storm was spent,
the sun shone on the land,
On shoals close by the harbour mouth
two men lay on the sand;
Their work is done, their course is run,
these men will sail no more,
They've come at last to a haven
safe on that eternal shore.

These strong and hearty fishermen,
for them I sing my song,
In songs and stories of the brave,
their names in these belong;
Their work is done, their course is run,
these men will sail no more,
They've come at last to a haven
safe on that eternal shore.

####.... Bay Boys ....####
Recorded by the Bay Boys (Our Home In Newfoundland, trk#4, 1989 cassette, recorded by Fred Northcote, St Catharines, Ontario).

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