Greenland Whale Fisheries lyrics and Guitar chords
Greenland Whale Fisheries is a Traditional song, recorded by The Clancyes, The Dubliners, and by The Pogues. Depending who sings this song the lyrics get changed. The video is of The Pogues. I have also included a version of the chords as used by The Pogues which is in the key of G Major.
[G]Twas in eighteen hundred and[D] fifty-[G]three
And of[C] June the[G] thirteenth[D] day,
That our[G] gallant ship her[C] anchor weighed,
And for[G] greenland[D] bore a[G]way, brave boys,
And for greenland[D] bore a[G]way.
The lookout in the crosstrees stood
With spyglass in his hand;
There's a whale, there's a whale, there's whalefish he cried
And she blows at every span, brave boys
She blows at every span.
The captain stood on the quarter deck,
And a fine little man was he;
"Overhaul, overhaul! Let your davit tackles fall,
And launch your boats for sea, brave boys
And launch your boats for sea.
Now the boats were launched and the men aboard,
And the whale was full in view.
Resolv-ed was each seaman bold
To steer where the whalefish blew, brave boys
To steer where the whalefish blew.
We stuck the whale the line paid out,
But she gave a flourish with her tail,
The boat capsized and four men were drowned,
And we never caught that whale, brave boys,
And we never caught that whale.
To lose the whale," our captain said,
It grieves my heart full sore,
But oh! to lose (those) four gallant men
It grieves me ten times more brave boys
It grieves me ten times more.
The winter star doth now appear,
So, boys we'll anchor weight;
It's time to leave this cold country
And homeward bear away, brave boys
And homeward bear away.
Oh Greenland is a dreadful place
A land that's never green
Where there's ice and snow, and the whalefishes blow
(and the) daylight's seldom seen brave boys
But the daylight's seldom seen.
Here's the guitar chords as played by The Pogues.
The intro, G C G C
in [G]eighteen hundred and[D] forty six
On [G]March the Eighteenth[D] day,
We [G]hoisted the colours to the [C]top of the mast
[G]And for greenland [D]sailed a[G]way brave boys
And for Greenland [D]sailed a[G]way
Here are the chords in the key of D
[D]Twas in eighteen hundred and[A] fifty-[D]three
And of[G] June the[D] thirteenth[A] day,
That our[D] gallant ship her[G] anchor weighed,
And for[D] greenland[A] bore a[D]way, brave boys,
And for greenland[A] bore a[D]way.