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Mingulay Boat Song

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Mingulay Boat Song
(Hugh S. Roberton, founder of the Glasgow Orpheus Choir)

   Heel yo ho, boys; let her go, boys;
   Bring her head round, into the weather,
   Hill you ho, boys,let her go, boys
   Sailing homeward to Mingulay

   What care we though, white the Minch is?
   What care we for wind or weather?
   Let her go boys; every inch is
   Sailing homeward to Mingulay.

   Wives are waiting, by the pier head,
   Or looking seaward, from the heather;
   Pull her round, boys, then you'll anchor
   'Ere the sun sets on Mingulay.

   Ships return now, heavy laden
   Mothers holdin' bairns a-cryin'
   They'll return, though, when the sun sets
   They'll return to Mingulay.

From Lorrie Wyatt's Folk Legacy Album.
Originally recorded by the McPeake Family.
recorded by Clancy Bros on Isn't it Grand
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