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Mingulay Boat Song

As sung by Danny Spooner on Launch out on the Deep, 2002.


Chorus
Heel yo ho boys let her go boys
Bring her head round now all together
Heel yo ho boys let her go boys
Sailing homeward to Mingulay

What care we though white the Minch is
What care we for wind or weather
Bring her head round every inch is
Wearing homeward to Mingulay

Wives are waiting by the harbour
Looking eastward across the harbour
Bring her head round and we'll anchor
Ere the sun sets oer Mingulay

Version in the Digital Tradition

MINGULAY BOAT SONG
(Hugh S. Roberton, founder of the Glasgow Orpheus Choir)

Heel yo ho, boys; let her go, boys;
Bring her head round, into the weather,
Heel you ho, boys, let her go, boys;
Sailing homeward to Mingulay

What care we though white the Minch is?
What care we for wind or weather?
Let her go boys; every inch is
Sailing homeward to Mingulay.

Wives are waiting, by the pier head,
Or looking seaward, from the heather;
Pull her round, boys, then you'll anchor
'Ere the sun sets on Mingulay.

Ships return now, heavy laden.
Mothers holdin' bairns a-cryin'.
They'll return, though, when the sun sets,
They'll return to Mingulay.

From Lorrie Wyatt's Folk Legacy Album.
Originally recorded by the McPeake Family.
@sailor
recorded by Clancy Bros on Isn't it Grand


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