Rogue’s Gallery: The Art of the Siren, #2
Song: Richard Thompson: Mingulay Boat Song (4:13 minutes),
from Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys, ANTI- 2006.
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Image: Sea Dogs 3, via Gamewallpapers.
Heel ya ho, boys, let her go, boys
Heave her head round into the weather
Heel ya ho boys, let her go boys,
Sailing homeward to Mingulay.
1. What care we though white the Minch is?
What care we for the wind and weather?
Let her go boys, every inch is
Wearing homeward to Mingulay.
2. Wives are waiting by the pierhead
Or looking seaward from the heather.
Heave her round boys, and we’ll anchor
Ere the sun sets on Mingulay.
3. Ships return now heavy laden,
Mothers holding bairns a-crying.
They’ll return, though when the sun sets
They’ll return to Mingulay.