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Blow, Ye Winds
Last updated: 25.01.17
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I first got interested in "Blow, Ye Wind" whilst browsing through The Book of Navy Songs (Trident Society 1955) and looking for something to play on my concertina on Christmas Day in 1991. The lyrics I sing are however taken from Roy Palmer's The Oxford Book of Sea Songs (1986).
It's a very fine roaring sea song about whaling which goes on and on (15 verses) and a rousing chorus which demands to be belted out. The song covers all aspects of whaling life starting-off with getting a crew ("They've advertised for whalermen, five hundred brave and true .....") and finishing up with home-coming:
    "When we get home, our ship fast, and we get through our sailing.
    A winding glass around we'll pass, and to hell with blubber whaling.

Yes, fine stuff indeed.
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