"Christmas at Sea" as written by Gordon Sumner, Mary Macmaster and Traditional,....
All day we fought the tides between the North Head and the South
All day we hauled the frozen sheets, to 'scape the storm's wet mouth
All day as cold as charity, in bitter pain and dread
For very life and nature we tacked from head to head

Thograinn thograinn bhith dol dhachaidh
E ho ro e ho ro
Gu Sgoirebreac a chruidh chaisfhinn
E ho hi ri ill iu o
Ill iu o thograinn falbh
Gu Sgoirebreac a' chruidh chais-fhionn
E ho ro e ho ro
Ceud soraidh bhuam mar bu dual dhomh

We gave the South a wider berth, for there the tide-race roared
But every tack we made we brought the North Head close aboard
We saw the cliffs and houses, and the breakers running high,
And the coastguard in his garden, his glass against his eye

Thograinn thograinn bhith dol dhachaidh
E ho ro e ho ro
Gu Sgoirebreac a chruidh chaisfhinn
E ho hi ri ill iu o

The frost was on the village roofs as white as ocean foam
The good red fires were burning bright in every 'longshore home
The windows sparkled clear, and the chimneys volleyed out
And I vow we sniffed the victuals as the vessel went about

Thograinn thograinn bhith dol dhachaidh
E ho ro e ho ro
Gu Sgoirebreac a chruidh chaisfhinn
E ho hi ri ill iu o

The bells upon the church were rung with a mighty jovial cheer
For it's just that I should tell you how (of all days in the year)
This day of our adversity was blessed Christmas morn,
And the house above the coastguard's was the house where I was born

Thograinn Thograinn?
E ho ro e ho ro
Gu Sgoirebreac a chruidh chaisfhinn
E ho hi ri ill iu o
Ill iu o thograinn falbh
Gu Sgoirebreac a' chruidh chais-fhionn
E ho ro e ho ro
Ceud soraidh bhuam mar bu dual dhomh

And well I knew the talk they had, the talk that was of me
Of the shadow on the household and the son that went to sea
And O the wicked fool I seemed, in every kind of way
To be here and hauling frozen ropes on blessed Christmas Day

Thograinn thograinn bhith dol dhachaidh
E ho ro e ho ro
Gu Sgoirebreac a chruidh chaisfhinn
E ho hi ri ill iu o
Ill iu o thograinn falbh
Gu Sgoirebreac a' chruidh chais-fhionn
E ho ro e ho ro
Ceud soraidh bhuam mar bu dual dhomh

Thograinn thograinn bhith dol dhachaidh
E ho ro e ho ro
Gu Sgoirebreac a chruidh chaisfhinn
E ho hi ri ill iu o
Ill iu o thograinn falbh


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"Christmas at Sea" as written by Mary Macmaster Gordon Sumner

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    General CommentPoem written by Robert Louis Stevenson
    Music composed by Sting, Mary MacMaster, Kathryn Tickell
    Bass — Ira Coleman, Guitar [12-string], Dulcimer [Lap] — David Mansfield, Guitar — Dominic Miller, Percussion — Bashiri Johnson, Donald Hay, Guitar, Snare — Sting, Vocals, Harp — Mary Macmaster, Violin — Kathryn Tickell
    sillybunnyon December 05, 2011   Link

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