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The Ship in Distress

from Like the Sun a​-​Glittering by The Jones Boys

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A different tune for an old song. Gordon's rather pleased they didn't eat his great, great, great, great grandfather.


The Ship in Distress

You seamen bold who plough the ocean
See dangers landsmen never know
Tis not for honour or promotion
No tongue can tell what they undergo

In the blusterous wind and the great dark water
Our ship went drifting on the sea
Her rigging gone and her rudder broken
Which brought us to extremity

For fourteen days hot sore and hungry
Seeing but wild water and bitter sky
Poor fellows all stood in a totter
A-casting lots as to who should die

Their lot it fell on Robert Jackson
Whose family was so great
I’m free to die but oh me comrades
Let me keep lookout till the break of day

A full dressed ship like the sun a-glittering
Came bearing down to their relief
As soon as this glad news was shouted
It banished all their care and grief

Our ship brought to no longer drifting
Safe in St Vincent Cape Verde she lay
You seamen all who hear my story
Pray you’ll ne’er suffer the like again


from Like the Sun a​-​Glittering, released April 1, 2015


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The Jones Boys play an exciting blend of mostly traditional music from Ireland, England, Shetland, Scotland, Brittany, Sweden, Bulgaria and beyond!

The current line up is:

Sam Sloan – button accordion, anglo concertina, keyboards, trumpet and vocals;

Gordon Jackson – vocals, octave mandola, low whistle and percussion.
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