Old Polina

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There's a noble fleet of whalers 
They're sailing from Dundee
Manned by British sailors 
That take them o'er the sea
On a western ocean passage 
We started on the trip
We flew along just like a song 
On a gallant whaling ship
Was the second Sunday morning 
Just after leaving port
We met a heavy sou'west gale 
And washed away our boat
It washed away our quarterdeck 
Our stanchions just as well
And so we set the whole shebang 
A-floatin' in the gale

For the wind was on our quarter 
The engines working free
There's not another whaler 
That sails the arctic sea
Can't beat the Old Polina 
You need not try my sons
We challenged all both great and small 
From Dundee to St John's

Art Jackman set his canvas
Fair Weather galloped steam
And Captain Guy, the daring boy
Came plunging through the stream
And Mullins in the Husky
Tried to beat the bloody lot
But to beat the Old Polina boys
Was something he could not


There's the noble terra Nova
A model without doubt
The Arctic and Aurora
They talk so much about
Art Jackman's model mail boat
The terror of the sea
Tried to beat the Old Polina
On a passage from Dundee


Now we're back in old St John's
Where rum is very cheap
We'll drink a health of Captain Guy
Who brought us o'er the deep
A health to all our sweethearts
And to our wives so fair
Not another ship could make the trip
The Polina I declare

[Chorus: x2]

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Written by: TRAD, Alan Thomas Doyle, Robert Bruce Hallett, Shawn McCann

Lyrics © CCS RIGHTS MANAGEMENT CORP, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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