View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Beige labels Vinyl release of Sea Songs And Shanties - Topic Sampler No. 7 on Discogs/5(9). Jun 02, · Provided to YouTube by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Greenland Whale Fisheries · Louis Killen, Stan Hugill and the X-Seamen's Institute Sea Songs: Louis Killen, Stan Hugill and the X . "Greenland Whale Fisheries" is a traditional sea song. In most of the versions collected from oral sources, the song opens up giving a date for the events that it describes (usually between and ). However, the song is actually older than this and a form of it was published as a ballad before
Greenland Fisheries 1. 'Twas in eighteen hundred and fifty-three And of June the thirteenth day, That our gallant ship her anchor weighed, And for greenland bore away, brave boys, And for greenland bore away. 2. The lookout in the crosstrees stood With spyglass in his hand; There's a whale, there's a whale, there's whalefish he cried. And we did not catch the whale, brave boys And we did not catch the whale The losing of those five jolly men It grieved the captain sore But the losing of that fine whalefish Now it grieved him ten times more, brave boys Now it grieved him ten times more Now Greenland is a barren land A land that bares no green. Greenland Whale Fisheries Lyrics: When the whale gets strike, and the line run down / And the whale makes a flunder with its tail / And the boat capsized, and I lost my darling man; / No more, no.
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