Mary Snow (trad.)

It was our ship the “Mary Snow” how proudly did she sail,
Across the western ocean before a pleasant gale.
From Virginia with tobacco and strong liquor loaded down,
Her course set sail from Malin Head to Londonderry Town.

They hoved her too off Malin Head her sails they dare not fill,
For they sorely need a pilot to the harbour of Moville.
The captain makes a signal his wishes for the show,
And soon a pilot comes aboard the gallant “Mary Snow”.

And in the midnight darkness I heard that pilot say,
“Fill your sails and steer your ship to Glenagivney Bay”.
For the pilot Barney D – how little did they know,
Would wreck the ship and sell the loot from the gallant “Mary Snow”.

Upon the shore a light is seen a ship it seems to be,
It rocks just like a ship would rock that sails upon the sea.
But on a lame horse on the coast that pilot well did know,
A light was placed for to deceive and wreck the “Mary Snow”.

Upon the rocks the ship is cast she’ll sail the seas no more,
The captain and his gallant crew in vain they reach the shore.
But it’s on the rocks they tried to climb for safety to the land,
The Long Glen men with hatchets cut the fingers from their hands.

There was a man named Leepore from the near Redcastle Strand,
Who was returning home again to view his nature land.
Ere little he thought that evening’s light had turned to morning glow,
He would be dead upon the rocks beside the “Mary Snow”.

Now all you born sea-faring men a warning take this day,
And never dare to sail your ship to Glenagivney Bay.
For the Long Glen men still lie in wait I’ll have you all to know,
With hatchets still they lie in wait as on the “Mary Snow”.

So when you come to Malin Head make neither stop nor stay.
But sail your ship to Quigley’s Point or Londonderry Quay.
For the Long Glen men still lie in wait I’ll have you all to know,
With hatchets still they lie in wait as on the “Mary Snow”

sung here by Colm Toland from the Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle

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