The Three Fishers (John Hullah)

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Editor: Stan Sanderson (submitted 2004-04-08).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 80 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
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General Information

Title: Three Fishers, The
Composer: John Hullah

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: S
Genre: SecularFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

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Original text and translations

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Three fishers went sailing out into the west,
Out into the west as the sun went down;
Each thought on the woman who lov'd him best,
And the children stood watching them out of the town,
For men must work and women must weep
And ther's little to earn, and many to keep;
To the harbor bar be moaning.
Three wives sat up in the lighthouse tow'r
And they trimm'd the lamps as the sun went down
They look'd at the squall, and they look'd at the show'r,
And the night rack came rolling up ragged and brown!
But men must work and women must weep.
Though storms be sudden, and waters deep,
And the harbor bar be moaning.
Three corpses lay on the shining sands
In the morning gleam as the tide went down
And the women are weeping and wringing their hands
For those who will never come back to the town,
And the sooner it's over the sooner to sleep,
And goodbye to the bar and it's moaning.