Blow Ye Winds

Source: "Songs and Ballads" comp. & ed. by Klaus Buhe Verlag Neue Musik Berlin 1986

'Tis advertised in Boston, New York and Buffalo,
Five hundred brave Americans a-whaling for to go.

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Blow, ye winds, in the morning, blow ye winds, heig-ho,
Oh haul away your running gear, and blow, ye winds, heig-ho.

They send you to New Bedford, a famous whaling port,
And give you to some landsharks to board and fit you out.

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They tell you of the clipper-ships a-running in and out,
And say you'll take five hundred sperm before you six months out.

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And now we're out to sea, my boys, the wind comes on to blow,
One half the watch is sick on deck, the other half below.

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The Skipper's on the quarterdeck a-squinting at the sails,
When up above the lookout sights a mighty school of whales.

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Then lower down the boats, my boys, and after him we'll travel,
But if you get too near his fluke he'll kick you to the devil.

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And now that he is ours, my boys, we'll tow him alongside;
Then over with our blubber-hooks and rob him of his hide.

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