#02679
The Ship That Never Returned (John White) video
See also: The Ship That Never Returned
(Omar Blondahl)
#1091: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

On a summer day, while the waves were rippling,
With a fine and gentle breeze,
A ship set sail with a cargo laden,
To a port beyond the seas.
There were fond farewells,
there were sweet, loving signals,
While her form was yet discerned;
For they knew it not, 'twas a solemn parting,
Of the ship that never returned.

Oh, would she ever return?
No, she'll never return,
And her fate is still unlearned;
And for years and years fond hearts have waited,
For the ship that never returned.

Said a brave young lad to his agèd mother,
"I must cross the deep blue sea,
And perchance some day in a foreign country,
There be health and wealth for me!"
'Twas a gleam of hope in a maze of danger,
While her heart for her youngest yearned;
Yet she sent him off with a smile and a blessing,
On the ship that never returned.

Oh, did she ever return?
No, she never returned,
And her fate is still unlearned;
And for years and years fond hearts have waited,
For the ship that never returned.

"Only one more trip," said a gallant captain,
As he kissed his weeping wife.
"Only one more bag of that golden treasure,
To last us all through life.
Then we'll settle down in our cozy cottage,
And enjoy the rest we've earned."
But, alas, poor man, he sailed commander,
On the ship that never returned.

Oh, would she ever return?
No, she'll never return,
And her fate is still unlearned;
And for years and years fond hearts have waited,
For the ship that never returned.

####.... Variant of a song written by Henry Clay Work [1832-1884], published in 1885 as The Ship That Never Returned by S Brainard's Sons, Cleveland, Ohio, with sheet music deposited in The Library of Congress, Music Division, Digital ID: sm1885.21919. Also a variant of a native American ballad, The Ship That Never Returned [Laws D-27] Native American Balladry (G Malcolm Laws, 1950/1964) ....####
This variant recorded by John White (Voice Of Newfoundland / John White With The Ray Walsh Band, trk#3, 1966, International Artists, Toronto, Ontario).

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A variant was also recorded as The Ship That Never Returned by Omar Blondahl (Songs Of Sea And Shore, trk#1, 1959, Arc Sound Ltd, Toronto, Ontario); and (The Great Seal Hunt Of Newfoundland [Songs Of The Sealers], trk#1, 1959, Banff-Rodeo Records Ltd, Mount Albert, Ontario, distributed by London Records of Canada).

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