Blow ye winds
Its advertised in Boston, New York and Buffalo
500 brave Americans a whaling for to go.
Blow ye winds in the morning blow ye winds hi oh
Its clear away the running gear and blow boys blow
Its of those famous clipper ships they tell you all about
They say youll take 500 sperm before your 6 months out.
They take you to New Bedford town that famous whaling port.
They give you there the land sharks to board and fit you out.
As for the provisions you dont get half enough.
One little piece of stinking beef and that full bag of duff.
Now were out to sea me boys and the winds begin to blow.
Half the watch is sick on deck the other halfs below
Captains on the quarter deck a squintin at the sails
While up aloft the lookout cries he sights a school of whales.
So lower down the boats me boys and after him well travel
But dont you get too near his fluke hell take you to the Devil.
It comes to stowin down me boys it takes both night and day.
Well all get 50 cents apiece on the 140th lay.
Now were homeward bound me boys and when we quit our sailing.
A wining glass around well pass and damn this blubber whaling.