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We'll Rant and We'll Roar ...(originally The Ryans and the Pittmans)

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My name it is Robert, they call me Bob Pittman;
I sail in the Ino with skipper Tom Brown.
I'm bound to have Dolly or Biddy or Molly
As soon as I'm able to plank the cash down.

CHORUS :
We’ll rant and we’ll roar like true Newfoundlanders.
We’ll rant and we’ll roar on deck and below.
Until we see bottom inside of two sunkers.
Then straight through the channel to Toslow we’ll go.

I’m the son of a seacook and a cook in a trader,
I can dance, I can sing, I can reef the main boom.
I can handle a jigger and I cuts a fine figure,
Whenever I gets in a boat’s standing room.

If the voyage is good then this fall I will do it.
I want two pound ten for a ring and a priest.
A couple of dollars for clean shirts and collars,
And a handful of coppers to make up a feast.

I went to a dance one night in Fox Harbour.
There were plenty of girls as nice as you’d wish.
There was one pretty maiden a-chawing on frankgum,
Just like a young kitten a-knawing fresh fish.

There’s plump little Polly, her name is Goldsworthy.
There’s John Coady’s Kitty and Mary Tibbo.
There’s Clara from Brule and young Martha Foley,
But the nicest of all is my girl from Toslow.

Farewell and adieu to ye fair ones of Valen,
Farewell and adieu to ye ones in the cove;
Now let ye be jolly, don't be melancholy;
For I can’t marry all or in the chokey I’d be.

Farewell and adieu to you girls of Fox Harbour,
Oderin and Presque, Crabbes Hole and Brule.
I’m bound to the westward to the wall with the hole in,
For I can’t marry all or in the chokey I’d be.

Farewell and adieu to ye girls of St. Kyran's.
Of Paradise and Presque, big and little Bona;
I'm bound unto Toslow to marry sweet Biddy,
And if I don't do so, I'm afraid of her da.

I've bought me a house from Katherine Davis,
A twenty-pound bed from Jimmy McGraw;
I'll get me a settle, a pot and a kettle;
And then I'll be ready for Biddy - hurrah!

####.... Written around 1880 by W. H. Le Messurier [1848 - 1931],
editor of the Evening Herald and later deputy minister of customs in St. John's.
....####

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My {G}name it is Robert, they {Am}call me Bob {D}Pittman;
I sail in the Ino with {D7}skipper Tom {G}Brown.
I'm bound to have Dolly or {Am}Biddy or {D}Molly
As {G}soon as I'm {Am}able to {D}plank the cash {G}down.

CHORUS:
We'll {G}rant and we'll roar like {Am}true Newfound{D}lander's.
We'll rant and we'll roar on {D7}deck and {G}below.
Until we see bottom in{Am}side of two {D}sunkers.
Then {G}straight through the {Am}channel to {D}Toslow we'll {G}go.

I’m the {G}son of a seacook and a {Am}cook in a {D}trader,
I can dance, I can sing, I can {D7}reef the main {G}boom.
I can handle a jigger and I {Am}cuts a fine {D}figure,
When{G}ever I {Am}gets in a {D}boat’s standing {G}room.

If the {G}voyage is good then this {Am}fall I will {D}do it.
I want two pound ten for a {D7}ring and a {G}priest.
A couple of dollars for {Am}clean shirts and {D}collars,
And a {G}handful of {Am}coppers to {D}make up a {G}feast.

I {G}went to a dance one {Am}night in Fox {D}Harbour.
There were plenty of girls as {D7}nice as you’d {G}wish.
There was one pretty maiden a-{Am}chawing on {D}frankgum,
Just {G}like a young {Am}kitten a-{D}knawing fresh {G}fish.

There’s {G}plump little Polly, her {Am}name is Golds{D}worthy.
There’s John Coady’s Kitty and {D7}Mary {G}Tibbo.
There’s Clara from Brule and {Am}young Martha {D}Foley,
But the {G}nicest of {Am}all is my {D}girl from {G}Toslow.

{G}Farewell and adieu to ye {Am}fair ones of {D}Valen,
Farewell and adieu to ye {D7}ones in the {G}cove;
Now let ye be jolly, don't {Am}be melan{D}choly;
For I {G}can’t marry {Am}all or in the {D}chokey I’d {G}be.

Farewell and adieu to you {Am}girls of Fox {D}Harbour,
Oderin and Presque, Crabbes {D7}Hole and {G}Brule.
I’m bound to the westward to the {Am}wall with the {D}hole in,
For I {G}can’t marry {Am}all or in the {D}chokey I’d {G}be.

{G}Farewell and adieu to ye {Am}girls of St. {D}Kyran's.
Of Paradise and Presque, big {D7}and little {G}Bona;
I'm bound unto Toslow to {Am}marry sweet {D}Biddy,
And {G}if I don't {Am}do so, I'm {D}afraid of her {G}da.

I've {G}bought me a house from {Am}Katherine {D}Davis,
A twenty-pound bed from {D7}Jimmy Mc{G}Graw;
I'll get me a settle, a {Am}pot and a {D}kettle;
And {G}then I'll be {Am}ready for {D}Biddy - {G}hurrah!

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