Home From The Sea lyrics

by Liam Clancy

On a cold winters night
With a storm at its height
The lifeboat answered the call.
They pitched and they tossed
Till we thought they were lost
As we watched from the harbour wall.

Though the night was pitch black,
There was no turning back,
For someone was waiting out there,
But each volunteer
Had to live with his fear
As they joined in a silent prayer.

Carry us home, home, home from the sea
Angels of mercy, answer our plea
And carry us home, home, home from the sea
Carry us safely home from the sea.

As they battle their way
Past the mouth of the bay,
It was blowing like never before.
As they gallantly fought,
Every one of them thought
Of loved ones back on the shore.

Then a flicker of light
And they knew they were right.
There she was on the crest of a wave.
She's an old fishing boat
And she's barely afloat.
Please God, there are souls we can save.

And carry them home, home, home from the sea
Angels of mercy, answer our plea
And carry us home, home, home from the sea
Carry us safely home from the sea.

And back in the town
In a street that runs down
To the sea and the harbour wall,
They had gathered in pairs
At the foot of the stairs
To wait for the radio call.

And just before dawn
When all hope was gone
Came a hush and a faraway sound.
'Twas the coxswain he roared
All survivors on board
Thank God and we're homeward bound.

To carry them home, home, home from the sea
Angels of mercy, answer our plea
And carry them home, home, home from the sea
Carry them safely home from the sea.

Home, home, home from the sea
Angels of mercy, answer our plea
And carry them home, home, home from the sea
Carry them safely home from the sea.

Song Details

Lifeboat in Rough Seas
A Lifeboat in rough reas

Composer & Lyricist: Phil Coulter

Brief: A tribute to the Lifeboat volunteers who risk their lifes to rescue the crew of fishing boats in distress from rugged seas.

References:
Coxswain - person in charge of a boat, especially its navigation and steering

Category: Irish Folk

Recording Artists: Liam Clancy (featured), Celtic Thunder, Phil Coulter, The Sheringham Shantymen, Derek Ryan, Malachi Cush, The Alexander Brothers...

Logo Home From The Sea by Liam Clancy is featured on the album Favourites 1 & 2 (January 1, 2005).

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