We'll rant and we'll roar (Henry William LeMessurier)

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Editor: Patrick O'Shea (submitted 2008-12-01).   Score information: Letter, 13 pages, 428 kB   Copyright: Personal
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Title: We'll Rant And We'll Roar
Composer: Henry William LeMessurier

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB and Solo Baritone
Genre: SecularFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

Published: 2006

Description: Composed for the Saint Mary's University Concert Choir.

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Original text and translations

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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 the two sunkers
Then straight through the Channel to Toslow we'll go.

My name it is Robert, they call me Bob Pittman,
I sail on the “Ino” with skipper Tim Brown.
I’m bound to have Polly or Biddy or Molly,
as soon as I’m able to bank the cash down.

I'm the son of a sea cook, and a cook in a trader
I can dance, I can sing, I can reef the mainboom.
I can handle a jigger, and I cuts a big figure
Whenever I gets in a boat's standing room.

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 the two sunkers
Then straight through the Channel to Toslow we'll go.

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

I bought me a house from Katherine Davis
A twenty pound bed from old McGrath,
Get a settle, a fine new kettle,
Then I'll be ready for Biddy, hurrah!

Then here is a health to the girls of Fox Harbour
Of Oderin, Presque, Crabbes Hole and Bruley;
Now let ye be jolly, don't be melancholy,
I can't marry all or’n the chokey I'd be!

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 the two sunkers
When straight through the Channel to Toslow we'll go.
We’ll go!