Bully Boat

The Bully Boat (D)

D A G

Sailing out the harbour, in the dawn of early morning

D G A

A southwest wind a blowing and the smell of salt sea air

D A G

To the offer grounds we’re going to look for all the big ones,

D G A D

Waiting to be taken from their underwater lair

A G

Once we cleared the harbour and we put the full sails on her

D G A

She jumped into the breezes like a dog would chase a bone

D A G

She rode across the billows as the salt spray licked our faces

D G A D

We loved it aye we loved it our home away from home

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A Bm A D

Forty years we laboured and the time it went so quickly

G D G A

We trapped around the ledges and we trawled around the shoals

D A G D

Caught twenty thousand quintals in the lop around the headland

G D A D

Now it’s nearly over for we both are getting old

D A G

She grew upon the hillsides and she grew down in the valleys

D G A

And I cut her there one autumn mid the snow squalls and the gales

D A G

Then I hauled her to the shoreline where I fashioned out her timbers

D G A D

With the pitsaw and the hammer and the oakum and the nails

A G

When I had her finished I hauled her to the shoreline

D G A

The neighbours came to see her and they looked at her with pride

D A G

She’s a good one Jim they shouted as we launched her in the evening

D G A D

And she slipped into the ocean where it rose to kiss her sides

chorus

D A G

Soon I’ll haul her from the water and rest her near the land wash

D G A

In the same place that I built her will I take her beams apart

D A G

When winter storms are blowing I’ll sit down in my rocker

D G A D

And her timbers they will warm me as her memories warm my heart

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