SONGS OF THE SEA

NORTH COAST LORE

Red Sails in the Sunset is a popular song published in 1935.

Its music was written by Hugh Williams (pseudonym for Wilhelm Grosz) with lyrics by prolific songwriter Jimmy Kennedy.  The song was inspired by the red sails of Kitty of Coleraine, a yacht Kennedy often saw off the northern coast of Ireland and by his adopted town Portstewart.

Lyrics

Red sails in the sunset
Way out on the sea
Oh, carry my loved one
Home safely to me
 …
She sailed at the dawning
All day I’ve been blue
Red sails in the sunset
I’m trusting in you
Swift wings you must borrow
Make straight for the shore
We marry tomorrow
And she goes sailing no more
Red sails in the sunset
Way out on the sea
Oh, carry my loved one
Home safely to me
The song has been recorded by countless musicians including Nat King Cole, Fats Domino and Stevie Wonder.  Here’s a version by The Beatles.

This is a well known fishing ballad written by Brian Connors.  Listen to Pat Woods’ version on Spotify.

Lyrics

Sailing southwards from Rathlin Island
Past Fair Head and by Murlough Bay
With a north wind to drive us homeward
What care we for the wind or spray

We’ve been fishing since morning early
When the sun first shone on the sea
We’ve a fine catch of lythe and glashan
Six wee codlings for Friday’s tea

It’s a life for a man of freedom
With a good boat and trusty crew
And the sea is his realm and kingdom
With the wild seals and gannets too

We’ll be home by the evenin
surely Down the coast and the ebbing tide
We’ll be greeted by Henry Andy
For a pint or two down in McBrides