From the recording Lower the Sails
A Nova Scotia song created as a wistful tribute to an old ship evoking the irretrievable loss felt by her sailors in her dismantlement.
Lower the sails, lads, lower the sailsAnd sing sad farewells to her ropes and her railsAnd tear down the masts boys, “Up the planks” to the nailsAnd we’ll sing our goodbyes to the grand days of sail
Pull down the spars boys that lasted the galesAdieu to the ratlines, the shrouds and the staysTo the jibs and the topsails, the yards and the chainsAnd say our goodbyes to the grand days of sail
So haul down the riggings, her sheets and her linesAnd roll up the canvas for the very last timeAnd once ‘round the capstan, then leave it behindAnd say our goodbyes to a lady so fine