From the album The English Lament

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Words: Charles Kingsley Music: Garnet Rogers

This is a poem written by the reverend Charles Kingsley in 1850. It’s likely to be about the fishing village Bideford in North Devon where Kingsley was born and raised. It was Bideford that inspired the book Westward Ho!, and later the establishment of a new village with the same name Westward Ho! The only place name in Britain with an exclamation mark.
A ‘night rack’ is apparently the brownish mist that sometimes rolls in from the sea around dusk.

Lyrics

Words: Charles Kingsley Music: Garnet Rogers

Three fishers went sailing away to the west,
Away to the west as the sun went down;
Each thought on the woman who loved him the best,
And the children stood watching them out of the town;
For men must work, and women must weep,
For there's little to earn, and many to keep,
And the harbour bar be moaning
The harbour bar be moaning.

Three wives sat up in the lighthouse tower,
And they trimmed the lamps as the sun went down;
And they looked at the squall, and they looked at the shower,
And the night-rack came rolling in ragged and brown.
For men must work, and women must weep,
Though storms be sudden, and waters be deep,
And the harbour bar be moaning.
The harbour bar be moaning.

But men must work, and women must weep,
Though storms be sudden, and waters be deep,
And the harbour bar be moaning.
The harbour bar be moaning.

Three corpses lay out on the shining sands
In the morning gleam as the tide went down, (rest)
And the women are weeping and wringing their hands
For those who will never come home to the town;
For men must work, and women must weep,
And the sooner it's over, the sooner to sleep;
And good-bye to the bar and its moaning.
good-bye to the bar and its moaning
For men must work, and women must weep,
And the sooner it's over, the sooner to sleep;
And good-bye to the bar and its moaning.
good-bye to the bar and its moaning

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