Print This PagePrint This Page
Loss of the Marion

Click Here for guitar tabs.

midi file

In 1915 on the tenth day of June
At Burk's wharf the Marion lay
Prepared for the banks as was custom to do
All loaded with caplin for bait.

The wind fron the northwest a fine summer's breeze
As Ike Jones from St. Jacques he steered
While the boys in the folks hole made plans for that night
When they'd all go ashore in St.Pierre.

Some were uneasy, there'd be trouble they said
'Cause Ike Jones was noted to fight.
At the Cafe de Franceon the last trip he made
A Frenchman had threatened his life.

The challenge to fight was issued that night
While the cheap French liquor ran free
The French captain then warned the Marion's men
He would answer their challenge at sea.

Next day the Marion set sail again
And so the story relays
The French beam trawler weighed anchor as well
And followed close by in her wake.

Chorus # 1

She's a Fortune Bay schooner heading out for the banks
With fine hardy Fortune Bay men
But some on the cape were rumoured to say
She'd never be heard from again

The fate which befell the Marion's crew
And their schooner will never be known.
No trace or good tidings were ever again
To be heard by those waiting at home

Some say the Frenchman was true to his word,
Some say he confessed 'fore he died,
That he scuttled the Marion and settled the debt
Not taking one man 'oer the side.

Families of Skinners and Vallis and Miles
Grieved for their loved ones on shore,
And the Newfoundland story of loss to the sea
Was told as so often before

Repeat chorus # 1

Chorus # 2

She's a Fortune Bay schooner heading out from St. Jacques
With a fine crew of Fortune Bay men.
But never no more will she pass by the light
With her jib flapping into the wind.

But never no more will she pass by the light
With her jib flapping into the wind.

####.... Simani ....####

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Notes On Guitar Tabs:
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
All guitar tabs have been contributed by visitors to this site and represent
their interpretation of the tune. I am unable to verify their accuracy.

Intro:
{G G C A
D D G G}

In {G}1915 on the {C}tenth day of {A}June
At {D}Burk's wharf the Marion {G}lay
Prepared for the {G7}banks as was cus{C}tom to {A}do
All loa{D}ded with caplin for {G}bait.

The wind fron the northwest a fine summer's breeze
As Ike Jones from St. Jacques he steered
While the boys in the folks hole made plans for that night
When they'd all go ashore in St.Pierre.

Some were uneasy, there'd be trouble they said
'Cause Ike Jones was noted to fight.
At the Cafe de Franceon the last trip he made
A Frenchman had threatened his life.

Intro:
{G G C A
D D G G}

The challenge to fight was issued that night
While the cheap French liquor ran free
The French captain then warned the Marion's men
He would answer their challenge at sea.

Next day the Marion set sail again
And so the story relays
The French beam trawler weighed anchor as well
And followed close by in her wake.

Chorus # 1

She's a {D}Fortune Bay schooner heading {G}out for the banks
With {C}fine hardy {A}Fortune Bay {D}men
But some {G}on the cape were rum{C}oured to {A}say
She'd {D}never be heard from a{A}gain

The fate which befell the Marion's crew
And their schooner will never be known.
No trace or good tidings were ever again
To be heard by those waiting at home

Some say the Frenchman was true to his word,
Some say he confessed 'fore he died,
That he scuttled the Marion and settled the debt
Not taking one man 'oer the side.

Families of Skinners and Vallis and Miles
Grieved for their loved ones on shore,
And the Newfoundland story of loss to the sea
Was told as so often before

Repeat chorus # 1

Chorus # 2

The tabs for chorus # 2 are the same as chorus # 1, as with the last two lines.
Just repeat the last two lines as shown, with the tabs as shown.

She's a Fortune Bay schooner heading out from St. Jacques
With a fine crew of Fortune Bay men.
But never no more will she pass by the light
With her jib flapping into the wind.

But never no more will she pass by the light
With her jib flapping into the wind.

Outro:
G G C A
D D G G

Make your own free website on Tripod.com