T'was in the year of thirty-four on the last daylight in May
Jim Harris in the Ronald P. from St. Kieran's sailed away
He sailed away in search of bait 'til he came to Paradise Sound
Where to his great and sad mistake The Irene he ran down

As she lay to her anchor all hands was filled with joy
Not thinking any accident to them was drawing nigh
Until the Ronald hove in sight more joyful did they feel
With flowing yards and swelling sails taking eight knots from the reel

She was like some frightened animal with the white foam across her face
Neither sheet nor tack now did she slack while entering in this place
Those boats they were well scattered and for her there was plenty of room
But she passed too near to the Irene's head and she broke off her jib boom

Which pierce the Ronald's mainsail about three cloths from the lee
The mainsail left the mainmast, t'was an awful sight to see
Those boys they were well frightened what to do they did not know
So without their skipper's order their anchor they let go

Jim Harris jumped up on the deck, fired down his cap and swore
Saying such a tangle now as this I never saw before
I've been charge of vessels large and small, and I brought them far and near
Far across the broad Atlantic where the storms do rage severe

Now if this was some youngster what would the people say
For an accident can happen to the best man any day
It's alright when the wheel is going up but when she turns for to go down
You all might meet with the same sad fate as Jim Harris from Paradise Sound

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