The Shoals of Herring – lyrics and chords

The chords to The Shoals of Herring are presented here in the key of C major. Use our chord converter to play the song in other keys. The lyrics are of a man looking back fondly at the danger and excitement of his time as a fisherman.

 
C 
Oh, it was a fine  
F 
and pleasant  
C 
day
 
Out of Yarmouth harbour I was  
G7 
faring
 
As a  
C 
cabin 
 
 
Dm 
boy 
 
 
Em 
on a sailing  
Am 
logger
 
For to  
C 
go and hunt the  
F 
shoals of  
G7 
her
C 
ring.

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Oh, the work was hard and the hours were long
And the treatment, sure, it took some beating
There was little kindness and the kicks were many
As we hunted for the shoals of herring.

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Oh, we fished the Swarth and the Broken Bank
I was cook and I’d a quarter-sharing
And I used to sleep standing on my feet
And I’d dream about the shoals of herring.

Oh, we left the home grounds in the month of June
And to canny Shiels we soon were bearing
With a hundred cran of the silver darlings
That we’ve taken from the shoals of herring.

Now if you’re up on deck, you’re a fisherman
You can swear and show a manly bearing
Take your turn on watch with the other fellows
While you’re searching for the shoals of herring.

In the stormy seas and the living gales
Just to earn your daily bread you’re daring
From the Dover Straits to the Faroe Islands
As you’re following the shoals of herring.

Oh, i earned my keep and paid me way
And I earned the gear that I was wearing
Sailed a million miles, caught ten million fishes
We were sailing after shoals of herring.

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[C]Oh, it was a fine [F]and pleasant [C]day
Out of Yarmouth harbour I was [G7]faring
As a [C]cabin [Dm]boy [Em]on a sailing [Am]logger
For to [C]go and hunt the [F]shoals of [G7]her[C]ring.

Oh, the work was hard and the hours were long
And the treatment, sure, it took some beating
There was little kindness and the kicks were many
As we hunted for the shoals of herring.

Oh, we fished the Swarth and the Broken Bank
I was cook and I’d a quarter-sharing
And I used to sleep standing on my feet
And I’d dream about the shoals of herring.

Oh, we left the home grounds in the month of June
And to canny Shiels we soon were bearing
With a hundred cran of the silver darlings
That we’ve taken from the shoals of herring.

Now if you’re up on deck, you’re a fisherman
You can swear and show a manly bearing
Take your turn on watch with the other fellows
While you’re searching for the shoals of herring.

In the stormy seas and the living gales
Just to earn your daily bread you’re daring
From the Dover Straits to the Faroe Islands
As you’re following the shoals of herring.

Oh, i earned my keep and paid me way
And I earned the gear that I was wearing
Sailed a million miles, caught ten million fishes
We were sailing after shoals of herring.

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The Shoals of Herring lyrics and chords

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