Shackleton

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This song tells the story of Earnest Shackleton's heroic eight hundred mile journey in a small boat through some of the roughest seas in the world. When the crew of The Endurance were stranded on Elephant Island in the remote and frozen antarctic, Shackleton and five of his men set out to find help.

Due to the amazing navigational skills of Frank Worsley, they reached the remote Island of South Georgia after two harrowing weeks. At South Georgia, after climbing over the frozen mountains of the interior, they reached a whaling station. A ship was sent to Elephant Island and all hands were saved. Resilient Irishman Tom Crean was said to have sung a song as he manned his shift on the tiller of the small boat.

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Shackleton

Sailing out upon the tide
Three loud cheers to say goodbye
As we steered the boat along
Old Tom Crean he sang a song

Through eight hundred miles Of stormy ocean wave
A small whaling boat alone at sail
Eight hundred miles in the devils roar
From Elephant Isle to South Georgia's shore

As we sailed in freezing cold
All eyes on the lighted stove
Making hoosh and every man
Waiting there with spoon in hand

Chorus

Then a wave from high above
Rained that water down on us
Filled the boat with icy brine
And we bailed for our lives

Chorus

We saw some kelp upon the tide
Then we knew that we’d survive
Shackleton's men were we
Fighting with the angry sea

Chorus

© Copyright 2016 Maurice McGrath

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from Winsome Ways, released December 7, 2016
Written, played and recorded by Maurice McGrath. Backing vocals by Michelle Burrowes.

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Maurice McGrath Dublin, Ireland

www.mauricemcgrath.com

I am a songwriter based in Dublin Ireland. I write songs which are influenced by traditional folk songs and singers. I play guitar, banjo, mandolin, low whistle, and sing. Influences include Nic Jones, Christy Moore, Andy Irvine, Martin Carthy, Niamh Parsons.



I'm also influenced by the singers at the various traditional music and unaccompanied singing sessions.
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