Shoals Of Herring (Ewan Macoll)

WITH OUR NETS AND GEAR WE;RE FAR-ING ON THE WILD AND WASTEFUL OCEAN

IT’S OUT THERE ON THE DEEP THAT WE HARVEST AND REAP OUR BREAD

AS WE HUNTED FOR THE SHOULS O’ HERRING

O, it was a fine and a pleasant day
Out of Yarmouth harbour I was faring
As a cabin boy on a sailing lugger
For to go and hunt the shoals of herring

O, we left the home grounds in the month of June
And to canny Shiels we soon was bearing
With a hundred cran of the silver darlings
That we’d taken from the shoals of herring

O, we fished the Swarth and the Broken Bank
I was a cook and I’d a quarter-sharing
And I used to sleep, standing on me feet
And I’d dream about the shoals of herring

Now you’re up on deck, you’re a fisherman
You can swear and show a manly bearing
Take your turn on watch with the other fellows
While you’re searching for the shoals of herring

O, the work was hard and the hours were long
And the treatment sure it took some bearing
Scraps o’ navigation that’s yer education
As you hunted for the shoals of herring

In the stormy seas and the living gales
Just to earn your daily bread you’re daring
Sailed a million miles caught ten million fishes
We were sailing after shoals of herring

NIGHT AND DAY WE’RE FAR-ING COME WINTER WAVE OR WINTER GALE

SWEATING THROUGH COLD GROWING UP GROWING OLD AND DYING

AS WE HUNTED FOR THE SHOULS O HERRING.