The Shoals of Herring

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lyrics

With our nets and gear we're faring
On the wild and wasteful ocean
It's there on the deep
That we harvest and reap
As we hunt the bonny shoals of herring

Oh, 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

We had left the home grounds in the month of June
And to canny Shields we soon were bearing
With a hundred cran of the silver darlings
That we'd taken from the shoals of herring

Now the work was hard and the hours were long
And the treatment sure it took some bearing
There was little kindness and the kicks were many
As we hunted for the shoals of herring

Oh, we fished the Sward and the Broken Bank
I was cook and I'd a quarter-share in
And I used to sleep standing on my feet
And I'd dream about the shoals of herring

In the stormy seas and the living gale
Just to earn your daily bread you're daring
From the Dover Straits to the Farroe Islands
While you're following 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 following the shoals of herring

Well, I earned my keep and I paid my way
And I earned the gear that I was wearing
Sailed a million miles, caught 10 million fishes
We was following the shoals of herring

credits

from Chance of a Start, released October 1, 2012
Produced by Patrick Clifford

Randy Decker: Percussion
Ed Hummel: Fiddle
Otherwise performed by Patrick Clifford

Recording assistance: Courtney Greenwood.

Executive Producers: Martin Rutherford, Bernadette Clifford, Wolf Hul, Linda Jeffers, Linda Zdepski, Jim Clare.

By Ewan MacColl; © Stormking Music.

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Patrick Clifford New York, New York

Patrick Clifford is an Irish-American musician, songwriter, and producer.

He performs and records Irish traditional standards; skillfully crafted original songs and compositions; and discerning covers of contemporary Irish and American songwriters such as Pete St. John, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen.

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