The Mary Snow, song / Michael McGonigle (James Eoghain), singing in English

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Our ship was richly loaded from Virginia we set sail
And the heavens did protect us with a sweet and pleasant gale
Until we came to Inishowen Head our pilot we took in
To preserve our ship and cargo tobacco and strong gin

Oh it was for Barney Duffy he led our crew astray
And he caused us to case our anchor in Glenagivney Bay
When out spoke Captain Wallace and he said unto his men
I’m afraid my noble seamen our lives are near an end

Oh it was for Dan McLaughlin he lived at the Head of Shrove
And he gathered all his comrade boys the wreck for to secure
He hoisted a false signal and he cut our anchor chain
And our gallant ship in pieces went we were drowned on the main

Now the half of our ship’s cargo belonged to Mister Ross
And the niggers of the Long Glen sure they used us very cross
They tried to kill and murder us where no one there would know
You could see the Long Glen niggers coming to rob our Mary Snow

There was one of our noble seamen he swam for his life ashore
And the trunks and all his treasure came in a while before
Sure they stripped his body naked and they left him there to die
His poor innocent blood for mercy and vengeance loud did cry

Oh! it was for Mister Leppard he lived up near Culmore
And he had as fine a young man as was reared around the shore
Until he had the misfortune that unlucky voyage to go
Twas on board of the Mary Snow that cause his overthrow

Now come all you gallant seamen a warning take I pray
It’s never cast your anchor on Glenagivney Bay
But it’s when you’re out on the ocean deep neither stop nor stay
Till you steer your ship past Quigley’s Point to Londonderry Quay

see also   The Mary Snow / Colm Toland

The Mary Snow, song / Michael McGonigle (James Eoghain), singing in English
ITMA Reference Number:428-ITMA-MP3
Main Performer: Michael McGonigle (James Eoghain)
Title:The Mary Snow [sound recording] / Michael McGonigle (James Eoghain), singing in English
Section:Sound Recordings
Recording Location:Brass Rail Bar, Buncrana, Co Donegal
Recording Date:09 February 1990
Copyright:Performer and Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle
Physical Description:1 computer file (MP3 file, ca. 5 min.) : digital, stereo
Subject:Ireland: Singing in English
Corporate Author:Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle
Collection:Jimmy McBride Collection. Audio Cassette 131
Related Material: Two good men and true in Playlists
Related Publication: Two good men and true / compiled by Jimmy McBride in Publications
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