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raredance Lyr Req: Martin Greigh (Taylor Whiteside) (14) Lyr Add: MARTIN GREIGH (T Whiteside) 21 Jul 03


The following is transcribed from the CD. "The Brandywine Singers, World-Class Folk"   Note some wording and tense variation with Fred's text and the transposition of the 3rd and 4th stanzas.

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MARTIN GREIGH - T Whiteside

My Father was a fisherman, likewise my brothers too
They follow in his footsteps, with a wooden point of view
While I the black sheep of the lot work safely on the shore
I keep account of what we've got, find ways to make it more

CHORUS: Four boats in the harbor, where's the Martin Greigh?
She was due to fetch the Cutty Light by 3 o'clock today
No sail on the horizon, no vessel by the quay
Four boats in the harbor, where's the Martin Greigh?

Our mother left for Boston town some seven years ago
We sons receive a letter each Christmas time or so
And father takes the dory then, and round the harbor rows
Until the weather drives him in that's when the sorrow shows   

Now a man's the master of his heart as boys we all were told
He strains to play the hero's part, a Captain brave and bold
But in the end must pay the toll for feelings never shown
But trapped within this age-old role he finds himself alone

Now father says that one fine day he'll take the Greigh and go
To an island far beyond the bay that the coasting trades don't know
And there he'll run the mainsail down and anchor by the shore
And leave behind old fishing grounds and think on her once more


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