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In Canso Strait In Canso Strait our vessel lay: We just arrived in from the Bay. Our vessel built both stout and strong To Gloucester she does belong. We were homeward bound and ready for sea When our drunken captain got on a spree. He came on board and to us did say: "Get your anchor, lads, and fill her away." We filled her away at his command. With all sails set we left the land, Leaviny Sand Point all on our lee As we sailed into a heavy sea. The night came on and dark clouds lower; The wind, did howl and breakers roar. An angry squall and the angry sky It put her down at half-mast high. We kindly asked him to shorten sail Or we'd all be lost in the heavy gale. He turned and swore if the wind would blow He'd show us how his boat could go: "I am captain here and I will not fail For to shoot the first man to touch a sail Then up speaks one of our bravest men: "There's nine of us right here at hand "We'll reef her down and to sea we'll go, If he interferes, lash him down below. We'll reef her down to a steady steer From those breaking waves as she disappears We're heading up the Cape Shore now As she knocks the white foam from her bow. Ouu jib-sheet tore, in the wind it flew; We hauled it down and bent our new. We were homeward bound with great success Like some lonely seagull seeking rest. When I get home no more I'll sail With a drunken captain in a heavy gale. From Folk Songs of Canada, Fowke and Johnston RG
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