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The Bonny Ship the Diamond The Diamond is a ship, my lads, for the Davis Strait she's bound, And the quay it is all garnished with bonny lasses 'round; Captain Thompson gives the order to sail the ocean wide, Where the sun it never sets, my lads, no darkness dims the sky, cho: So it's cheer up my lads, let your hearts never fail, While the bonny ship, the Diamond, goes a-fishing for the whale. Along the quay at Peterhead, the lasses stand aroon, Wi' their shawls all pulled around them and the saut tears runnin' doon; Don't you weep, my bonny lass, though you be left behind, For the rose will grow on Greenland's ice before we change our mind. cho: Here's a health to the Resolution, likewise the Eliza Swan, Here's a health to the Battler of Montrose and the Diamond, ship of fame; We wear the trouser o' the white and the jackets o' the blue, When we return to Peterhead, we'll hae sweethearts anoo, cho: It'll be bricht both day and nicht when the Greenland lads come hame, Wi' a ship that's fu' of oil, my lads, and money to our name; We'll make the cradles for to rock and the blankets for to tear, And every lass in Peterhead sing "Hushabye, my dear" cho: NOTE: An alternate chorus, commemorating a somewhat different example of being all at sea, is: So it's cheer up, my lads, let us sing like the birds! While bonny David Diamond goes a-fishing for the words. RG RG
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