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Soon May the Wellerman Come, also known as Wellerman is a sea ballad from New Zealand. The song refers to the "wellermen", pointing to supply ships owned by the Weller brothers who were settlers from England.
The song is believed to have been written in New Zealand around 1860–1870. While its authorship is unknown, it may have been written by a pirate or shore whaler and may have served as a "cutting-in shanty" that whalers would sing as they slaughtered a whale.
There once was a ship that put to sea The name of the ship was the Billy of Tea The winds blew up, her bow dipped down Oh blow, my bully boys, blow
Chorus: Soon may the Wellerman come To bring us sugar and tea and rum One day, when the tonguing is done We'll take our leave and go
She'd not been two weeks from shore When down on her a right whale bore The captain called all hands and swore He'd take that whale in tow
Before the boat had hit the water The whale's tail came up and caught her All hands to the side, harpooned and fought her When she dived down low
No line was cut, no whale was freed The captain's mind was not of greed And he belonged to the Whaleman's creed She took that ship in tow
For forty days or even more The line went slack then tight once more All boats were lost, there were only four But still that whale did go
As far as I've heard, the fight's still on The line's not cut, and the whale's not gone The Wellerman makes his regular call To encourage the captain, crew and all