Donnelly and the Goat
From George Simpson, Dundee, Scotland
Sources: The James Madison Carpenter Collection AFC 1972/001 Cylinder 077 03:53; Disc sides 159 03:29; 160 00:00; MS p 00377.
I supplied the last verse.
- Come all you seamen bold of every clime
Pay attention to this song of mine
Daniel Donnelly was our hero’s name
In the packet ship New World of Fame
A sailorman of courage bold
He did prove himself so I’ve been told
Many the tar that night afloat
remembers how Donnelly hung the goat.
- From information I’ve received
They had a goat on board, I believe
As we were sailing on the sea
In the coil of the halyards the goat lay asleep
Donnally at the halyards he stood by
When loudly the chief mate he did cry,
Let go your halyards, and up they flew
Hell to me soul an the goat wint too.
- The poor goat felt an awful shock
When its paw got jammed in the halyard block
Only Donnelly went to see
What kept the rope from running free
He grabbed the poor goat by the paw
And across’t his knife did quickly draw
The poor goat fell down the deck
And damn near broke Spud Murphy’s neck.
- The poor old goat on the deck did lay
And our captain to our cook did say
Go fetch the beast without delay
For I fancy some goat stew today
Our captain being both stout and true
He shared the smell with all the crew
We’ll ne’er forget that night afloat
When Daniel Donnelly hung the goat.