Manx Folksong – Cashen has gone to Sea

Manx Folksong – Cashen has gone to Sea

Ta Cashen ersooyl gys yn aarkey – Cashan has gone to Sea

♫ O, Cashen has gone to the fishing,
And glad enough is he to go;
His wife has a tongue like a mill-wheel,
The house that she keeps is a show.


I fancy he’ll find consolations,
There’s lots of nice girls at Kinsale;
And Cashen’s the man for the ladies,
He knows how to tell them the tale.


We’ll miss him, though, yes, men, we’ll miss him;
For Cashen’s a boy full of bree;
The nights that we’ve spent in this parlour,
With stories and songs of the sea!


Fill up! Here’s good wishes to Cashen,
Good catches, and kishens of gold;
May none of the company present
E’er marry a wife that’s a scold! ♫

bree = energy/vigour
kishens = pots

(source: Manx National Music arranged by WH Gill (1898); artwork by Winslow Homer, ‘Light on the Sea’)

Bernadette Weyde

Bernadette Weyde

I'm a web designer, amateur historian and keen gardener and I enjoy bringing Manx history, folklore and poetry to a modern audience.

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