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Joe Offer Origins: Grace Darling (from Walter Pardon) (20) ADD Version: Grace Darling (Limeliters) 21 Feb 19


Here's my transcription from the Limeliters recording on the Through Children's Eyes album. It's almost the same as the lyrics in Roy Palmer's Oxford Book of Sea Songs. I'll put the different words in italics.

GRACE DARLING

'Twas on the Longstone Lighthouse there dwelt an English maid,
Pure as the air around her, of danger ne'er afraid.
One morning just at daybreak a storm-tossed wreck she spied.
Although to try seemed madness,"I will save the crew," she cried.

CHORUS:
She pulled away on the rolling sea, over the waters blue.
"Help, help": she could hear the cry of the shipwrecked crew;
But Grace had an English heart: and she knew how to handle an oar;
"Help, help": came the desperate yelp from the wreck offshore. (twice)


They to the rock were clinging, a crew of nine, all told;
Between them and the lighthouse the sea like mountains rolled.
Said Grace: "Come help me, father. We'll launch the boat," cried she.
Her father cried, "Tis madness, to face that raging sea."

CHORUS:
She pulled away on the rolling sea, over the waters blue.
"Help, help": she could hear the cry of the shipwrecked crew;
But Grace had an English heart: and she knew how to handle a boat;
"Help, help": came the desperate yelp, they were still afloat. (twice)

[Omitted: One murmured prayer: "Heaven guard us"; and then they were afloat.
Between them and destruction the planks of that frail boat.
Then said the maiden's father: "Turn back, or doomed are we."
Then up spoke brave Grace Darling: "Alone I'll brave the sea."

CHORUS
]

She bravely rode the angry billows and reached the rock at length;
She saved the storm-tossed sailors: in heaven alone her strength.
Go tell the wide world over what English pluck can do,
And sing of brave Grace Darling who nobly saved the crew.

CHORUS:
She pulled away on the rolling sea, over the waters blue.
"Help, help": she could hear the cry of the shipwrecked crew;
But Grace had an English heart: and the raging storm she braved;
"Help, help": she pulled away with the dashing spray, and the crew she saved. (twice)


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