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Blood on the Sails

Song by Phil & June Colclough, new melody by Dick Swain

Dick Swain found this text in a collection of British poetry and gave it this tune. When I heard him sing it, I knew I had to learn it. Thanks Dick.

  1. May the Harpoon rust, may the cold steel be gone
    May be seas all be clear where whale fishes run
    May hook, knife, dart and line all be lost in the brine
    May the blood on the sails all be fisherman’s tales.
  2. May the whaleman’s breath no more hang like the mist
    May he never face danger or take any risk
    May boat, gun, oar and mast all be lost in the frost
    May the blood on the sails all be fisherman’s tales.
  3. May the women on shore never have any fear
    May smiles touch the cheeks that once ran with tears
    May shipdeck, rope and bells all grow cockle shells
    May the blood on the sails all be fisherman’s tales.
  4. May the seas ne’er be red where whalefishes bled
    Nor shine like the wine when the whale fish is dead
    May fleets, flags, sheds and quays  all be lost in the seas
    May the blood on the sails all be fisherman’s tales.
  5. May the Harpoon rust, may the cold steel be gone
    May be seas all be clear where whale fishes run
    May hook, knife, dart and line all be lost in the brine
    May the blood on the sails all be fisherman’s tales.
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