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Cliffs of Baccalieu

from Newfoundland Vinyl by Allison Crowe



Jack Withers sea-faring song has previously been sailed by such distinct voices as Anita Best, Louise Morrissey and Stan Rogers: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zd2zX9RZeXg


Cliffs of Baccalieu

Words and Music - Jack Withers
As Performed by Allison Crowe

We were bound home in October
from the shores of Labrador,
trying to race a bold nor’easter and snow too;
When the wind swept down upon us
making day as dark as night,
just before we made the land at Baccalieu.

Well, we tried to clear the island
as we brought her further south.
But the wind from out the nor’east stronger blew.
And our lookout soon he shouted
for right there dead ahead,
through the snow squalls, loomed the cliffs of Baccalieu.

And it was hard down with the tiller
as we struggled with the sheets,
trying our best to haul them in a foot or two.
With our deck so sharply tilted
we could scarcely keep our feet,
as we struggled on the rocks at Baccalieu.

For the combers beat her under
and I thought she'd never rise.
And her main boom was bending nigh in two.
And all hands come to windward
and they stared with straining eyes
down to leeward at the cliffs of Baccalieu.

For to leeward stood the island
and to windward was the gale.
And the blinding sleet'd cut you through and through.
With her lee rail three foot under,
yes, and two hands at the wheel,
we hauled her from the cliffs of Baccalieu.

Yes, we hauled her to the south’ard
and her canvas stood the strain.
And the blinding snow squalls from the nor’east blew.
But our hearts were beatin' gladly
when no longer could we view
down to leeward at the cliffs of Baccalieu,

Down to leeward at the cliffs of Baccalieu.


from Newfoundland Vinyl, released June 25, 2013
All vocals, guitar, instrumentation, arrangement, engineerig and production - Allison Crowe


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