Home of the Whale

HOME OF THE WHALE

Words & Music: Owen Hand

Oh my love he works upon the sea
On the waves that blow wild and free
He splices the ropes and he sets the sail
While southwards he roams to the home of the whale

And he ne’er thinks of me far behind
Or the torments that rage in my mind
He is mine for only part of the year
Then I’m left all alone with only my tears

All ye ladies that smell of wild rose
Think you for your perfume of where a man goes
Think you of the wives and the babies that yearn
For the man ne’er returns sleeping without a stone

Oh my love he works upon the sea
On the waves that blow wild and free
He splices the ropes and he sets the sail
While southwards he roams to the home of the whale


I first heard this song by Owen Hands being sung by Mary Black when I was working with her and De Dannan in Ireland. It was the first song I ever sang for other people. I recorded it with Massive Attack and then with Marius de Vries and now with Bella Rodriguez.

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