Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Trad Tuesday: Three Fishers sung by The Duhks





Three Fishers is a poem by Charles Kingsley, a broad church priest of the Church of England, a university professor, social reformer, historian, and novelist. He is particularly associated with Christian socialism, the working men's college, and forming labor cooperatives that failed but led to the working reforms of the progressive era. He was a friend and correspondent with Charles Darwin. It was set to music by John Hullah and made famous by Stan Rogers. I like this version by The Duhks though I'm not sure about the Disney video lol.

Lyrics:

Three fishers went sailing out into the west
Out into the west as the sun went down
Each thought on the woman that 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 moanin', and
The harbour bar be moanin'

Three wives sat up in the lighthouse tower
They trimmed the lamps as the sun went down, and
They looked at the squall and they looked at the shower, and
The night-wrack came rollin' in, ragged and brown

For men must work and women must weep
Though storms be sud - den and the waters be deep, and
The harbour bar be moanin', and
The Harbour bar be moanin'

Three corpses lay out on the shining sand
In the morning gleam as the tide went down, and
The women were weepin' and wringin' their hands
For those who would never come back 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 moanin', and
Good - bye to the bar and it's moanin'