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Traditional

With our nets and gear were faring On the wild and wasteful ocean It's out there on the deep we harvest and reap our bread As we hunt the bonny shoals of herrin

  1. Oh it was a fine and a pleasant day,

Out of Yarmouth harbour I was fareing,
As a cabin boy on a sailing lugger,
We were following the shoals of herring.

  1. Oh the work was hard and the hours were long.
    And the treatment sure it took some bearing.
    There was little kindness and the kicks were many
    As we hunted for the shoals of herring
  2. Oh we fished the swarth and the brooken bank,
    I was cook and I'd a quarter sharing
    And I used to sleep standing on my feet
    And I'd dream about the shoals of herring
  3. Oh we left the home clouds in the month of June,
    And to canny shirls we soon were bearing.
    Wi' a hundred cran o' the silver darlings,
    That we'd taken from the shoals of herring
  4. Oh we fished the swarth and the brooken bank,
    I was cook and I'd a quarter sharing
    And I used to sleep standing on my feet
    And I'd dream about the shoals of herring
  5. Now you're up on deck, you're a fisherman.
    You can swear and show a manly bearing.
    Take your turn on watch with the other fellows,
    While you're searching for the shoals of herring
  6. In the stormy seas and the living gales,,
    Just to earn your daily bread you're daring,
    From the Dover Straits to the Faroe Islands,
    As you're following the shoals of herring
  7. Oh I earned my keep and I paid my way,
    And I earned the gear I was wearing.
    Sailed a million miles, caught a million fishes,
    We were sailing after shoals of herring