Greenland Bound 1. Once more for Greenland we are bound To leave you all behind Our blubber hooks are keen, and our ship is painted green And we sail before the icy wind. 2. We left our sweethearts and our wives They were weeping on the shore "Fear not, my dear, I soon will return, For it's only half a year." 3. With tarry dress, well, we reached Stromness And we all went on shore What with whalers being scarce and the water even less Well, we had to take on more. 4. Well, when we came to the northern ice We crowded on full sail Each boat was manned by a keen and lively band All for to hunt the whale. 5. Now dark and dreary grows the night See the stars begin to dawn With the chasing of the whale and the trying of the oil Well, it seems we will not return. 6. Our six months being done, well we tied up again And we all went on shore What with plenty of brass and a bonny bonny lass Well, we made those taverns roar! 7. To Greenland's frost we'll drink a toast And to them we love so dear And across the raging main to the whaling grounds again We'll take a trip next year. Note: from A.L. Lloyd. An inferior variant in Ord, Bothy Ballads JB JB
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