Monday, November 01, 2010

The Unthanks Here's The Tender Coming Live Later Jools Holland Oct 2009


Just discovered the Unthank sisters, from North East England. They sing in their wonderful Geoordie accent. This song is about the press gangs coming to recruit men for the English navy. It's living in my head right now.
Lyrics:
Here's the tender coming, pressing all the men;
Oh dear hinny, what shall we do then?
Here's the tender coming, off at Shield's Bar,Here's the tender coming, full of men of war.
Hide thee, canny Geordie, hide thyself away;Hide thee till the tender makes for Druridge Bay.
If they take thee, Geordie, who's to win our bread?
Me and little Jackie better off be dead.

Here's the tender coming, stealing off my dear;
Oh dear hinny, they'll ship you out of here.
They will ship you foreign, that is what it means;
Here's the tender coming, full of red marines.
Hey, bonny lassie. let's go to the Lawe,See the tender lying, off at Shield's Bar,
With her colours flying, anchor at her bow.
They took my bonny laddie, best of all the crew.

4 comments:

Shirley said...

This music is similar to the music from the maritime provinces in Canada; we call it East Coast music. I love it.

Polly said...

Hi Shirley! Thanks for stopping by. Glad you liked it.

Colin said...

Beautifully moving song. It;s in my head too. The new album, Last, is very effecting too.

Colin said...

Very moving song, the new album, Last, is a very emotional experience too.