Clear Away in the Morning

1970 Gordon Bok, BMI

 

From the days I worked on the big schooners that sail out of my home town. By the end of the summer you've have had enough of the hours and the sound of other people's voices and you'd just want to go off by yourself for a few months. But there would come a fine, cold day, blowing Northwest, and the schooner would be stomping across the bays for home, and everything would turn around on you. You didn't want to quit; you wanted to swing her off to the Westward and keep her going all winter. But no, you had to take her home, and lay her up and leave her.

 

Take me back on the bay, boys

Clear away n the morning

I don't want to go ashore, boys

Oh, bring her 'round

 

Take me back on the bay, boys

I don't want to spend my pay, boys

 

Captain don't you leave me

There's no one here that needs me

 

Nancy, oh my Nancy,

She never played it fancy

 

Bring me wine and brandy

I'd only ask for Nancy

 

Captain, don't let the main down

Captain, don't let the chain run

 

Captain, don't you need me?

"There's nothing I can do, boy"

 

Nancy, oh my Nancy

Nancy, oh my Nancy

 

 

Clear Away in the Morning is recorded on the albums Clear Away in the Morning, North Winds Clearing, and Peter Kagan and the Wind, and is also in the songbook Time and the Flying Snow.