Bannockburn

Shores of Lake Michigan
May Day (M'aidez)

Traditional, Copyright Larry Penn, 1989
As sung by Lee Murdock

You all may bless your happy lot to dwell safe on the shore
Free from the tempest and the blast that's round a sailor's oar,
It's little you know of the hardships, nor do you understand
The stormy nights we do endure off the shores of Michigan.

The Bannockburn was a ship my friend,
Sailed away with twenty men,
Never came back to Port Arthur again,
I said "May Day".
Sailed away in nineteen two
Across the water cold and blue,
Never locked down to the Soo,
I said "May Day".

When the lakes are on the rise the sailors say
"I thought I saw her riding by the other way.
Thought I saw her stack and all.
Thought I heard the whistle call,
`Hey, hey we're over this way - I said May Day'".

Now, the Bannockburn was downward bound.
She left the lakes without a sound,
The weather calm for days around,
I said "May Day".
Nobody knows just where she went.
There was no radio message sent.
We looked all over on the lakes for them,
I said "May Day".

When the lakes are on the rise the sailors say
"Thought I saw her riding by the other way.
Thought I saw her stack and all.
Thought I heard the Black Gang call,
`Hey, Hey we're over this way. I said May Day'"

Now I don't believe in ghosts, I guess,
Or fairy tales and all that's left,
But this one legend just don't rest,
I said "May Day".

Oh, the Bannockburn is on a trip,
And like the Dutchman myth
No one on that phantom ship
Will cry "May Day"

When the lakes are on the rise the sailors say
"I thought I saw her riding by the other way.
Thought I saw her stack and all.
Thought I heard the First Mate call,
`Hey, hey we're over this way. I said May Day'"

Around the Great Lakes wild and wet
There have been some famous wrecks,
But this one hasn't ended yet,
I said "May Day".
And in the winter lay-up cold,
When sailors sit around the stove,
The Bannockburn is the story told,
I said "May Day".

When the lakes are on the rise the sailors say
"I thought I saw her riding by the other way.
Rolling steady as she goes,
Heard the whistle as it blows,
`Hey, hey we're over this way - I said May Day'"

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Created: 27th May 2001
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