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We'll Rant And We'll Roar (Chris Andrews) video
See also: We'll Rant And We'll Roar (Omar Blondahl)
And also: We'll Rant And We'll Roar (Leach)
And also: Rant & Roar (Great Big Sea)
And also: The Ryans And The Pittmans (G S Doyle)
And also: The Ryans And The Pittmans (The Fables)
And also: Ryans And The Pittmans (Ryan's Fancy)
#1876: YouTube video by TheNewfoundlandMusic
©2016 ~ Used with permission ~

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 it's straight through the channel
to Toslow we'll go.

My name it is Robert, they call me Bob Pittman,
I sail on the Ino with skipper Tim Brown;
I'm bound to have Polly or Biddy or Molly,
Just as soon as I'm able to bank the cash down.

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 it's straight through the channel
to Toslow we'll go.

I'm the son of a seacook and a cook in a trader,
I can dance, I can sing, I can reef the main boom;
I can handle a jigger and I cuts a fine figure,
Whenever I gets in a 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 it's straight through the channel
to Toslow we'll go.

If the voyage is good then this fall I will do it,
I want two-pound-ten for a ring and a priest;
And a couple of dollars for clean shirt and collars,
And a handful of 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.

There's plump little Polly, her name is Goldsworthy,
There's John Coady's Kitty and Mary Tibbo;
There's Clara from Brule and young Martha Foley,
But the nicest of all is my girl in Toslow.

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.

Farewell and adieu to ye fair ones of Valen,
Farewell and adieu to ye girls in the Cove;
I'm bound to the westward
to the wall with the hole in,
I have acres in Toslow, the wide world to roam.

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.

Well, I went to a dance one night in Fox Harbour,
There was plenty of girls as nice as you wish;
I spied a young maiden a-chewing on frankgum,
Just like a wee kitten a-gnawing fresh fish.

Oh, 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 of two sunkers,
When straight through the channel
to Toslow we'll go.

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

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 is a health to the girls of Fox Harbour,
Oderin and Presque, Crabbes Hole and Brule;
Now let ye be jolly, don't be melancholy,
For I can't marry all or in chokey I'll 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.

####.... 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 ....####
The video above features a recording from a compilation album featuring various artists: Chris Andrews, Tom Nemec, Mark Hiscock, Mike Hanrahan, Con O'Brien, Alan Doyle, Fred Jorgensen and Larry Foley (Newfoundland Drinking Songs 2, trk #10, 2007 CD, Avondale Music, St John's, NL), with the following liner note: The inspiration for this CD was fostered by the Ryan's Fancy album Newfoundland Drinking Songs that was released in the 1970s. Based on the success of Newfoundland Drinking Songs we have put together another exceptional selection of songs for Newfoundland Drinking Songs 2.

A variant was sung as We'll Rant And We'll Roar by Clara O'Driscoll [1899-1978] of Tors Cove, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

Notes from The Penguin Book of Canadian Folk Songs (Edith Fowke, 1973):

"This rollicking tale of a young fisherman's love affairs is a Newfoundland offshoot of the widely known English capstan shanty Spanish Ladies, which described the headlands sighted in a homeward voyage through the English Channel. Pacific whalermen later re-made it to tell of the Talcahuano Girls, with a chorus: 'We'll rant and we'll roar like true Huasco whalermen,' and Australian drovers sang their farewell to their Brisbane Ladies.

"The Newfoundland version has borrowed some verses from the whalers' song; the remaining verses about Bob Pittman and his courtship were those composed by Henry W Le Messurier who was editor of the Evening Herald and later deputy minister of customs in St John's. James Murphy [1867-1931] printed it in Old Songs of Newfoundland in 1912; it appeared in all the Doyle booklets; and Mrs Greenleaf heard it from Mr Le Messurier himself, and also from Tom White of Sandy Cove, whose version had acquired some variations.

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



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