Mingulay Boat Song
Richard Thompson Lyrics


Heel ya ho, boys, let her go, boys
Heave her head round to the weather
Heel ya ho, boys, let her go, boys
Sailing homeward to Mingulay

What care we though white the Minch is
What care we boys the wind and weather
When we know that, every inch is
Closer homeward to Mingulay
Heel ya ho, boys, let her go, boys
Heave her head round to the weather
Heel ya ho, boys, let her go, boys
Sailing homeward to Mingulay

Wives are waiting by the pierhead
Gazing seaward from the heather
Heave ahead round and we'll anchor
Ere the sun sets on Mingulay

Heel ya ho, boys, let her go, boys
Heave her head round to the weather
Heel ya ho, boys, let her go, boys
Sailing homeward to Mingulay
Sailing homeward to Mingulay

Writer(s): Richard John Copyright: Beeswing Music

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layton bunch

Heel ya ho, boys, let her go, boys
Heave her head round to the weather
Heel ya ho, boys, let her go, boys
Sailing homeward to Mingulay
What care we though white the Minch is
What care we boys the wind and weather
When we know that, every inch is
Closer homeward to Mingulay
Heel ya ho, boys, let her go, boys
Heave her head round to the weather
Heel ya ho, boys, let her go, boys
Sailing homeward to Mingulay
Wives are waiting by the pierhead
Gazing seaward from the heather
Heave ahead round and we'll anchor
Ere the sun sets on Mingulay
Heel ya ho, boys, let her go, boys
Heave her head round to the weather
Heel ya ho, boys, let her go, boys
Sailing homeward to Mingulay
Sailing homeward to Mingulay



All comments from YouTube:

Amy Rich

Beautiful, and just the right pitch for some of us women to sing an octave higher. I got to lead this song with150 people at a chantey sing. Everyone singing this on a big old boat is something I will always treasure!

Hardcastle & Scott

Whatever Richard Thompson touches turns to gold, a fantastic version from the musical Midas!

ForbiddnInHeavenUselssInHell

my God, this song is wonderful

layton bunch

Heel ya ho, boys, let her go, boys
Heave her head round to the weather
Heel ya ho, boys, let her go, boys
Sailing homeward to Mingulay
What care we though white the Minch is
What care we boys the wind and weather
When we know that, every inch is
Closer homeward to Mingulay
Heel ya ho, boys, let her go, boys
Heave her head round to the weather
Heel ya ho, boys, let her go, boys
Sailing homeward to Mingulay
Wives are waiting by the pierhead
Gazing seaward from the heather
Heave ahead round and we'll anchor
Ere the sun sets on Mingulay
Heel ya ho, boys, let her go, boys
Heave her head round to the weather
Heel ya ho, boys, let her go, boys
Sailing homeward to Mingulay
Sailing homeward to Mingulay

peter mount

Best version I've heard.

gaspode18

Lovely. Utterly, utterly lovely. - And made all the more poingnant by the fact that by the time it was written (in the 1930s by Hugh Robertson) the island of Migulay had already been depopulated. This is about the best version I've ever heard.

Paul Armel

I listened to the version by the Masterless Men. It's fine but Richard Thompson's version is a magnificent work of art expressing the sailors' yearning for home. For me there's no comparison.

Eddie Macdonald

Richard, you sing it as if you actually come from Mingulay. Never mind that the island was abandoned in 1912 and the song not written 'till 1938 by Sir Hugh Roberton of Orpheus Choir fame.
Nothing to do with Mingulay at all.
But by the bye, as they say. The very best rendition (of so very many) of the Boat Song I have ever heard.
Keep it going. Whatever you do, Richard. More power to you. I am a committed fan.

Paul Armel

On Dec. 3 (2011) I attended an all request performance by RT and requested this piece. Luckily he chose my (or someone else's request). As expected it was absolutely magnificent. What an artist!

Joy

Smokin' solo. As per usual. Wonderful, definitive version of this song.

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