Bullgine Run
        Traditional

I heard Judy Collins perform this song at the Civic Opera House in Chicago in 1966.  Her version had the clipper ships going off to catch whales in the waters off Greenland.  We decided to correct this inaccuracy.  We rewrote the second verse of the song to reflect the efforts of  a ship's captain and crew to set time records for Atlantic crossings no matter what the weather conditions.   Another side note: thanks to our friend, Chuck Gloor, we've discovered that the bullgine is the engine which pulled up the anchor allowing the ship to sail.

Albums: One More Song/Theiss & O'Connor; Judy Collins #3/Judy Collins-Electra Records

Oh the smartest clipper you could find
Heave away haul away
Is the Margaret Evans of the Black Ball Line
Clear away the track and let the bullgine run.
Tell me now are you most done?
Heave away haul away
Every day we're closer to home
Clear away the track and let the bullgine run.

Oh the Margaret Evans of the Black Ball Line
Heave away haul away
She's never a day behind her time
Clear away the track and let the bullgine run.
Tell me now are you bound to sail?
Heave away haul away
In weather fair or the darkest gale
Clear away the track and let the bullgine run.

Oh I though I heard my captain say
Heave away haul away
In another week we'll get more pay
Clear away the track and let the bullgine run.
Tell me now are you most done?
Heave away haul away
Every day we're closer to home
Clear away the track and let the bullgine run.

Oh the smartest clipper you could find
Heave away haul away
Is the Margaret Evans of the Black Ball Line
Clear away the track and let the bullgine run.