Excursion Around the Bay

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"Excursion Around The Bay" was a folk song written by Johnny Burke (1851-1930) in Newfoundland. It was covered by Great Big Sea on their 1993 and 2000 albums, Great Big Sea and Road Rage, and then again on their live recording, Great Big DVD and CD. Most recently it was featured on their album Courage & Patience & Grit. The Kreellers have also adopted this song as a pub favourite, which is featured on their 2008 release, Sixth and Porter.


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Well it was on this Monday morning
And the day be calm and fine
A harbor grace excursion
With the boys who had the time
And just before the sailor
Took the gangway from the pier
I saw some fellow haul me wife
Aboard as a volunteer

Oh me, oh my, I heard me old wife cry
Oh me, oh my, I think I'm gonna die!
Oh me, oh my, I heard me old wife say,
"I wish I'd never taken this excursion around the bay"

We had fourteen hundred souls aboard, oh what a splendid sight!
Left strong and regimental to make our spirits bright
And meself being in the double, when a funny things they'd say
They choke themselves from laughing when they'd see us in the bay


Me wife she got no better, she turned a sickly green
I fed her cake and candy, fat pork and kerosene
Castor Oil and sugar of candy, I rubbed pure oil on her face
And I said she'll be a dandy when we reaches Harbor Grace!


My wife she got no better, my wife me darling dear
The screeches from her trolley could hear in Carbonear
I tried every place in Harbor Grace,
Tried every store and shop,
To get her something for a cure or take her to the hop


She died below the brandy's as we were coming back
We buried her in the ocean, wrapped up in a Union Jack
So now I am a single man, in search of a pretty face
And the woman that says she'll have me, I'm off for Harbor Grace!


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Great Big Sea

Great Big Sea is a Canadian folk-rock band from Newfoundland and Labrador, best known for performing energetic rock interpretations of traditional Newfoundland folk songs including sea shanties, which draw from the island's 500-year-old Irish, Scottish, and French heritage. more »

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

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