Shoals Of Herring

Recorded by Clancy, O'Connell, & Clancy on "The Wild & Wasteful Ocean"
Words & Music by Ewan MacColl

Suggested Key=A (Liam plays it in G form, capo 2)

(First verse sung a cappella or with minimal accompaniment)

With our nets and gear we're faring

On the wild and wasteful ocean.

It's out there on the deep we harvest and keep our bread

As we hunted for the shoals of herring

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It was on a fair and a pleasant day

Out of Yarmouth harbor I was faring

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As a cabin boy on a sailing lugger

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For to hunt the bonny shoals of herring

O the work was hard and the hours were long
And the treatment, sure it took some bearing

And I used to sleep standing on my feet

And I'd dream about the shoals of herring

O we left the homegrounds in the month of June
And to Canny Shiels we soon were bearing

With a hundred cran of silver darlings

That we'd taken from the shoals of herring

You're net rope man now, boy you're on the move
You can swear and show a manly bearing

Take your turn on watch with the other fellows

While following the shoals of herring

Now you're up on deck, you're a fisherman
And you're learning all about sea faring

That's your education scraps of navigation

As you hunt the bonnie shoals of herring

In the stormy seas and the living gales
I earned the gear that I was wearing

Sailed ten thousand miles caught ten million fishes

As we hunted for the shoals of herring

(Last verse sung with mininimal accompaniment)

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And it's night and day we're faring

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Come winter wave or winter gale

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Sweating or cold growing up growing old or dying

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As we hunt the bonnie shoals of herring


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