Collins, Judy - Greenland Whale Fisheries Lyrics




When the whale gets strike, and the line run down,
And the whale makes a flunder with its tail,
And the boat capsized, and I lost my darling man;
No more, no more Greenland for you, brave boys,
No more, no more Greenland for you.

It was in eighteen hundred and fifty-three,
On June the thirteenth day,
That our gallant ship her anchor weighed
And for Greenland sailed away, brave boys,
And for Greenland sailed away.

The lookout on the crosstree stood
With a spyglass in his hand.
"There's a whale, there's a whale,
there's a whalefish," he cries,
"She blows out every span, brave boys,
She blows out every span."

We struck that whale and the line paid out,
But she made a flunder with her tail;
And the boat capsized and four men were drowned,
And we never caught that whale whale, brave boys,
We never caught that whale.

"To lose my crew," the captain cried,
"It grieves my heart full sore;
But to lose that whale,
It grieves me ten times more, brave boys,
It grieves me ten time more."

Oh, Greenland is a dreadful place,
A land that's never green,
Where there's ice and snow, and the whalefishes blow,
And daylight is seldom seen, brave boys,
And daylight is seldom seen.

When the whale gets strike, and the line run down,
And the whale makes a flunder with its tail,
And the boat capsized, and I lost my darling man;
No more, no more Greenland for you, brave boys,
No more, no more Greenland for you.





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  1. José Alves Ferreira

    Great song! Could you pls send the music name? Tks a lot.

  2. russell campbell

    Love this one very, very much.

  3. medford briggs

    From the Newport Folk Festival Saturday July 25, 1964.

  4. Ebenezer Kalarama

    "*HISTORIC FILMS*" Yes, I can SEE THAT. Now _fade it out_ ferchrissakes!

  5. Roland Mousaa

    Thanks you all.. thought I was losing it?? 1963.. I performed with a many well known folk singers in my life including Judy at Lincoln, Ct., recently... and know... 1942.. impossible!

  6. rickideemus

    "... and the whale makes a flunder with its tail" FLUNDER??
    This is beautiful, BTW.

    russell campbell

    rickideemus It's a blunder.

    rickideemus

    Nope, it's "flunder." I actually know where it comes from. (Plus I have a very good set of speakers.)

  7. Girly Gal

    Incredible performance!

  8. Nancy Benefiel

    I grew up on Theodore Bikel songs. He was the darling of 1950's liberals

  9. Kaitipoo

    Love this song and them singing it!

  10. shelley annette

    I don't understand why I never really heard of him. What a talent.

    PutOnASweater

    Check out his biography...he was an amazing man, not just a singer, Academy Award nominated actor, Emmy Ward writer, philosopher, civil rights champion. He performed for many world leaders. He was truly a renaissance man.

  11. shelley annette

    Not 1942. What talent!!

  12. RainhadoCanto11

    Stayed up to watch "The defiant ones," a movie I have always liked from the past, and was amazed to learn about Theodore Bikel's amazingly varied and talented career! Such a genius, was he!

    PutOnASweater

    Theo was a very dear friend, and he amazed me every time we met. Fascinating story teller and what a sense of humor...he is very sadly missed.

  13. Eliezer Pennywhistler

    A very powerful song.

  14. C6H12B26

    Have this on LP and CD but never saw the video ... Superb !
    Great thanks, indeed !

  15. Steve Suffet

    The correct year is 1963.

  16. David Ruiz del VIzo

    Correction to all.  This clip is from the 1963 Newport Folk Festival.  There was no festival in 1962.

  17. Ariel Lanyi

    Very likely 1962. Judy Collins looks remarkably big for a 3 year old...

  18. Jeremy Marshall

    R.I.P. Theodore Bikel.

  19. ssgtnail 2336

    could that possibly be "1962"?