#03655
Home From The Sea (Tony Archibald) video
#2256 YouTube video by threelegsoman
©2013 ~ Used with permission ~

On a cold winter's night
with a storm at its height,
The lifeboats answered the call;
They pitched and they tossed
till we thought they were lost,
As we watched from the harbour wall.

Though the night was pitch black,
there was no turning back,
For someone was waiting out there;
But each volunteer had to live with his fear,
As they joined in a silent prayer.

Carry us home, home, home from the sea,
Angels of mercy, answer our plea;
And carry us home, home, home from the sea,
Carry us safely home from the sea.

As they battled their way
past the mouth of the bay,
It was blowing like never before;
As they gallantly fought,
every one of them thought
Of loved ones back on the shore.

Then a flicker of light
and they knew they were right,
There she was on the crest of a wave;
She's an old fishing boat
and she's barely afloat,
Please God, there are souls we can save.

Carry us home, home, home from the sea,
Angels of mercy, answer our plea;
And carry them home, home, home from the sea,
Carry us safely home from the sea.

And back in the town
in a street that runs down
To the sea and the harbour wall,
They gathered in pairs
at the foot of the stairs
To wait for the radio call.

Just before dawn when all hope had gone,
Came a hush and a faraway sound;
'Twas the coxswain; he roared,
"All survivors on board,
Thank God, and we're homeward bound."

Carrying them home, home, home from the sea,
Angels of mercy, answer our plea;
And carry us home, home, home from the sea,
Carry us safely home from the sea.

Carry us home, home, home from the sea,
Angels of mercy, answer our plea;
And carry us home, home, home from the sea,
Carry us safely home from the sea.

####.... Phil Coulter [b.1942] Irish musician, songwriter and record producer, after the 2002 tragic loss of his brother at sea ....####
The video above features an excellent 12-string guitar performance by Tony Archibald from Port St Mary on the Isle of Man.

Variants were recorded by Phil Coulter, Liam Clancy and by Celtic Thunder.



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