AWAY FROM THE ROLL OF THE SEA

by Allister MacGillivray, arr. Diane Loomer

One of Allister MacGillivray’s and Canada’s favorite folk songs originally arranged for the Elektra Women’s Choir by Diane Loomer our all time best seller!
Harmonies are straight forward and the poetry is quintessential MacGillivray.

LYRICS

Small craft in a harbour that’s still and serene,
Give no indication what their ways have been;
They rock at their moorings all nestled in dreams,
Away from the roll of the sea.

Their stern lines are groaning a lullaby air,
A ghost in the cuddy, a gull on the spar;
But never they whisper of journeys afar,
Away from the roll of the sea.

Oh, had they the tongues for to speak,
What tales of adventure they’d weave;
But now they are anchored to sleep,
And slumber alee.

Come fair winds to wake them tomorrow, we pray,
Come harvest a-plenty to them ev’ry day;
Till guided by harbour lights they’re home to stay,
Away from the roll of the sea. 

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