"Jack Was Every Inch a Sailor" arr. Valerie Long. Traditional folk song of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Recorded live on July 1, 2011, at Christ Lutheran Church in Oakland Park, Florida. Performed by the Concert Choir ensemble of the Girl Choir of South Florida. Artistic Director: Wallis Peterson, Accompanist: Susan Dodd.
About the composer: Valerie Long's academic background includes undergraduate degrees in music and music education from Memorial University in Newfoundland. She received her Master's of Music in Choral Music Education and a Doctorate in Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2008, Valerie was awarded Music Educator of the Year, from the Music Industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2010, she received the Founder's Award for achievement in the arts from Holy Heart of Mary High School. In 2012, Valerie received the Torch Bearer's Award from World Harmony Run, a global initiative recognizing her commitment to the importance of bringing harmony into her community and into the world.
'Twas twenty-five or thirty years since Jack first saw the light,
He came into this world of woe one dark and stormy night;
He was born on board his father's ship as she was lying to,
'Bout twenty-five or thirty miles southeast of Baccalieu.
Oh, Jack was every inch a sailor,
Five and twenty years a whaler;
Jack was every inch a sailor,
He was born upon the bright blue sea.
When Jack grew up to be a man he went to the Labrador,
He fished in Indian Harbour where his father fished before;
On his returning in the fog he met a heavy gale,
And Jack was swept into the sea and swallowed by a whale.
Oh, the whale went straight for Baffin Bay, 'bout ninety knots an hour,
And every time he'd blow a spray he'd send it in a shower;
Oh, now, says Jack unto himself, I must see what he's about,
He caught the whale all by the tail and turned him inside out.