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Mingulay Boat Song


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Mingulay is the second southernmost island in the Hebrides chain, the Island chain west of Scotland - This is a rowing shanty 

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Il ya ho boys Let ‘er go  boys  bring her
head ‘round in - to the    weather

D        G                          D  G                       D                                  G  
Hil ya ho boys, Let her go boys    Sailing   home ward to Mingu - lay

D               G                         D        G                    D         G           C      G  
What care we how white the Minch is   What care we for wind or  weather

D              G                            D     G               D                          G       
Bring her round boys for very inch is wearing homeward to Mingulay


D       G                      D     G                   D              G           C      G  
Far behind us hills of Quinlon,  Soon before us the hills of   heather

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And you know boys the candles glow boys   In the windows of Mingulay


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Wives are waiting on the bank or looking seaward from the  heather

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Bring her round boys and then we’ll anchor  E’er the sun sets on Mingulay


The author of this website has put a lot of time and effort into gathering the greatest collection of sea shanties for the world to enjoy - There are songs that have been to sung to a job of work at sea for many, many years and collecting them has been a great endeavour. - Roger Chartier has made the effort out of his own interest and the requests that he has gotten to do this work from fellow musicians who wanted a good source of sea shanties to draw on and learn from. He has been told that for this effort he is a remarkable man.