The Hills of Isle au Haut

1970 Gordon Bok, BMI

 

I made this after a trip as mate in the old Brixham Trawler Provident in 1964 (I believe). The Plymouth here is in England, Pedro Martir is a mountain on the coast of Spain where we made land, Cascais is a town down the river from Lisbon, and Isle au Haut is a mythical island off the coast of Maine.

 

Gordon 12 string guitar

Anne, Carol, Cindy, Matt & Will vocals

Doreen bass viol

 

It's away and to the westward

Is the place a man should go

Where the fishing's always easy

They've got no ice or snow

 

But I'll haul down the sail

Where the bays come together

Bide away the days

By the hills of Isle au Haut

 

Now, the Plymouth girls are fine

They put their hearts in your hand

And the Plymouth boys are able

First-class sailors, every man

 

Now the trouble with old Martir

You don't try her in a trawler

For those Bay of Biscay swells

Will roll the head from off your shoulder

 

And the girls of Cascais

They are strong across the shoulder

They don't give a man advice

And they don't want to cook his supper

 

Now the winters drive you crazy

And the fishing's hard and slow

You're a damn fool if you stay

But there's no better place to go

 

 

The Hills of Isle au Haut is recorded on the albums Apples in the Basket, Clear Away in the Morning, A Tune for November, and is in the songbook Time and the Flying Snow