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Beaver Island Boys (Daniel Malloy) Come all brother sailors, I hope you'll draw nigh For to hear the sad news, it will cause you to cry Of the noble Johnny Gallegher, who sailor to and fro He was lost on Lake Michigan where the stormy winds do blow. "Oh, Johnny, my dear son, in the dead of the night I woke from a dream which gave me a fright And to Traverse City I beseech you not to go For you'll never cross Lake Michigan where the stormy winds do blow." "Oh mother, dear mother, those dreams are not true I will shortly return and prove it to you For the Lord will protect me wherever I go And I'll cross o'er Lake Michigan where the stormy winds blow." It was in October in '73 We left Beaver harbor and had a calm sea Bound away, Traverse City was our destination to go We were crossing Lake Michigan where the stormy winds blow. We left Traverse City at nine the next day And down to Elk Rapids we then bore away We took in our stores and to sea we did go We were crossing Lake Michigan where the stormy winds blow. At nine that same night a light we did spy That is Beaver Island, we are drawing nigh We carried all sails, the Lookout, she did go We were crossing Lake Michigan where the stormy winds blow. Oh, Johnny got up and he spoke to his crew He says, "Now brave boys, be steady and true Stand by for your halliards, let your main halliards go, There's a squall on Lake Michigan where the stormy winds blow." The Lookout she's a-running before a hard gale Upset went her rudder and overboard went her sail The billows were foaming like mountains of snow We shall ne'er cross Lake Michigan where the stormy winds blow. Siz own brother Johnny, "It grieves my heart sore To think we will never return to shore God help our poor parents, their tears down will flow For we'll sleep in Lake Michigan where the stormy winds blow." DT #789 Laws D17 From Lomax, Our Singing Country Collected from Johnny Green of Beaver Island MI in 1938 SOF oct96
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