#03646
Maid On The Shore (Stephanie Brazil) video
See also: The Maid On The Shore (Stan Rogers)
And also: The Maid On The Shore (Barry Taylor)
And also: The Maid On The Shore O (Peacock)
#2449: YouTube video by NLTreasure
©2013 ~ Used with permission ~

There was a fair maid and she lived all alone,
She lived all alone on the shore-o;
No one could she find for to calm her sweet mind,
But to wander alone on the shore, shore, shore,
To wander alone on the shore.

There was a brave captain who sailed a fine ship,
And the weather being steady and fair-o;
"I shall die, I shall die," this dear captain did cry,
"If I can't have that maid on the shore, shore, shore,
If I can't have that maid on the shore."

After many persuasions they brought her on board,
He seated her down in his chair-o;
He invited her down to his cabin below,
Farewell to all sorrow and care-o,
Farewell to all sorrow and care-o.

"I'll sing you a song," this fair maid did cry,
This captain was weeping for joy-o;
She sang it so sweetly, so soft and completely,
She sang captain and sailors to sleep-o,
Captain and sailors to sleep-o.

She robbed them of jewels,
she robbed them of wealth,
She robbed them of costly fine fare-o;
The captain's broadsword she used as an oar,
She rowed her way back to the shore, shore, shore,
She rowed her way back to the shore.

Oh, the men they were mad
and the men they were sad,
They were deeply sunk down in despair-o;
To see her away with her beauty so gay,
The rings and her things and her fine fare-o,
The rings and her things and her fine fare-o.

"Well, don't be so sad and sunk down in despair,
And you should have known me before-o;
I sang you to sleep and I robbed you of wealth,
Well, again I'm a maid on the shore, shore, shore,
Again I'm a maid on the shore-o"

There was a fair maid and she lived all alone,
She lived all alone on the shore-o;
No one could she find for to calm her sweet mind,
But to wander alone on the shore, shore, shore,
To wander alone on the shore.
But to wander alone on the shore, shore, shore,
To wander alone on the shore.

####.... Variant of British broadside ballads: The Maid On The Shore, The Fair Maid By The Sea Shore, and The Sea Captain [Laws K27] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957). This fo'c's'le (forecastle) shanty or forebitter was first published as an 1859 entry in the journal from the whaling schooner Ocean Rover out of Nantucket, Massachusetts. ....####
This variant was arranged and recorded by Stephanie Brazil as a bonus track on her mother Judy Brazil's album (Dreams Of Home, trk#15, 2013 CD, produced and engineered by Kevin Collins of Sawyer Hill Productions, Placentia, NL).

See more songs by Judy Brazil.

A variant was also arranged and recorded by Stan Rogers (For The Family, ©1996 Gadfly Records).

See more songs by Stan Rogers.

A variant was also collected by Barry Taylor and published as The Maid On The Shore in his Great Canadian Tunebook.

Another variant was collected in 1958 from Mrs Thomas (Annie) Walters [1896-1986] of Rocky Harbour, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and published as The Maid On The Shore O in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.296-297, by The National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Other variants were recorded by:
Omar Blondahl (Once Again For Newfoundland, trk#12, 1967, Melbourne Records, Montreal, Quebec).
Omar Blondahl (Famous Songs Of Newfoundland, trk#9, 1978, Rodeo Records, Peterborough, Ontario).
Anita Best (The Colour Of Amber / Anita Best, Pamela Morgan, trk#10, 1991, Amber Music, Topsail, NL)

A fo'c's'le (forecastle) shanty or forebitter was usually sung by resting sailors gathered about the forebitts, a structure near the bow where crew quarters and anchor chains were located.



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