The Diamond

THE DIAMOND   (also called The Bonny Ship the Diamond)

The Diamond is a ship, my lads, for the Davis Strait she’s bound,
And the quay it is all garnish-ed with bonny lasses ’round;
Captain Thompson gives the order to sail the ocean wide,
Where the sun it never sets, my lads, no darkness dims the sky,

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So it’s cheer up my lads, let your hearts never fail,
While the bonny ship, the Diamond, goes a-fishing for the whale.

Along the quay at Peterhead, the lasses stand around,
Their shawls all pulled around them and the salt tears running down;
Don’t you weep, my bonny lass, though you be left behind,
For the rose will grow on Greenland’s ice before we change our mind.

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Here’s a health to the Resolution, likewise the Eliza Swan,
Here’s a health to the Battler of Montrose and the Diamond, ship of fame;
We wear the trousers of the white and the jackets of the blue,
When we return to Peterhead, we’ll have sweethearts anew,

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It’ll be bright both day and night when the Greenland lads come home,
With a ship that’s full of oil, my lads, and money to our name;
We’ll make the cradles for to rock and the blankets for to tear,
And every lass in Peterhead’ll sing “Hushabye, my dear”.

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