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Posted - 21 May 03 - 09:59 am

Henry Martin [Salt Seas][Lofty Tall Ship]

There were three brothers in merry Scotland,
In merry Scotland liv-ed these,
And they did cast lots one with the other, other,
To know who should rob the salt seas.

The lot it fell on Henry Martin,
The youngest of the three,
To go a Scotch robbing all on the salt sea, salt sea,
To maintain his two brothers and he.

They had not sailed three cold winter's nights,
Nor scarcely cold winter's nights three,
Before they espied a lofty tall ship, tall ship,
Come sailing all on the salt sea.

"Where are you going?" said Henry Martin,
How dare you sail so nigh?"
"I'm a rich merchant's ship to fair England bound, England bound,
So I pray you to let me pass free/by."

"Oh no! Oh, no!" cried Henry Martin
"Such a thing as that never can be,
For I'm a Scotch robber, all on the salt sea, salt sea,
To maintain my two brothers and me!"

SO broadside to broadside in battle they went,
They fought full two hours or three
Till Henry MArtin gave her her death wound, death wound,
And down to the bottom sank she.

Bad news, bad new, my brave Englishmen,
Bad news I now bring to town:
The rich merchant's ship she is now cast away, cast away,
And the most of her merry men did drown.

Source: Jones, Lewis, 1998, Miss Broadwood's Delight, Ferret Publ., Sutton Coldfield


Collected by Lucy Broadwood from Henry Burstow.

Database entry is here.


Posted - 21 May 03 - 10:00 am

Martin Carthy frequently says it was hearing Sam Larner sing this song (amongst others) that got him interested in traditional folk music. It is almost his standard introduction to what he usually calls "The Lofty Tall Ship".

Edited By dmcg - 21/05/2003 10:22:06


Posted - 21 May 03 - 12:32 pm fact Mr. Carthy said that on Saturday night when I saw him in an excellent Waterson Carthy concert.

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