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Joe Offer Origins: Grace Darling (from Walter Pardon) (20) RE: Lyr Req: Grace Darling 21 Feb 19

mg, I hope you don't mind my moving you over to this thread. Let's research this song and see what we can find. There are two Grace Darling songs in the Digital Tradition. One is called simply Grace Darling by G. Linley. It begins:
    Oh! Father lov'd, the storm is raging
    Andcold and heavy the night mist falls;
    Some hapless crew, a prey to danger,
    For help, for help, despairing calls.

I don't think that's the one you want, is it?

The second is The Ballad of Grace Darling, by Cal Bagby. That's the one that's on the wonderful Through Children's Eyes by the Limeliters:
Good Old rich r posted the lyrics above, as he found them in the Oxford Book of Sea Songs. says that Cal Bagby is a pseudonym for Lou Gottlieb. All Gottlieb furnished in the Limeliters version, were the alternate choruses. The rest of the Limeliters recording is the Walter Pardon version that's in Palmer's Oxford Book of Sea Songs.

You'll also find two copies of this song at Bodleian Ballads. I haven't figured out how to determine the dates of these broadsides, but I'm sure they're in public domain and suspect they are 19th century.

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