Mingulay Boat Song

This song sings of Scottish fishermen sailing home across the water to their waiting families.  From Red's award-winning Favorite Sing Along Songs CD.

Themes: Work song, fishermen, families, sailing

Mingulay Boat Song

Chorus
Il ya ho boys, let her go boys
Heave her head ‘round into the weather
Il ya ho boys, let her go boys
Heading homeward to Mingulay

What care we how wide the Minch is
What care we now for windy weather
For we know that every inch is
Wearin' homeward to Mingulay

Chorus

Wives are waitin' at the pierhead
Starin' seaward from the heather
Heave around boys and we'll anchor
Ere the sun sets on Mingulay

Chorus

Ian and Bridie at the pier side
Truly loved now are they by me
In a few years now, they'll be older
Like their fathers they'll put to sea

Chorus

© 1993 Smilin' Atcha Music, Inc.

Traditional- adapted and arranged by Red and Kathy Grammer

 

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