The Ice is Breakin’ Up

2nd Mate
The ice is breakin' up to the north'ard!

2nd Mate/BenJo/Steward
The ice is breakin' up! The ice is breakin' up! The ice is breakin' up!
Oh! The ice is breakin' up to the north'ard!
There’s a clear passage far as the eye can see!

2nd Mate
The lookout says.


BenJo
Weigh the anchor!

Steward
Raise the sail!

2nd Mate
Cause we’re on the hunt for whale!

2nd Mate/BenJo/Steward
And no one here will think of mutiny.

Steward
‘Cept maybe me

Captain
The damned ice is finally breakin’ up to north’ard.
They’s whale here I ain’t never been wrong before!
So drive those lazy hands!

2nd Mate
Yes sir!  They’re meek as lambs.
You put the fear of God into ‘em now for sure!

2nd Mate/BenJo/Steward
Mmmmm….   Aaaaaahhhh….

Here we go again….

But crazy Mrs. Keeney

She just plays that organ.

Nearer my God is she…

BenJo
And nigh on insanity…break it down!

Mrs. Keeney
My memory is leavin’
Can’t remember my name
Day after gray day
And every day the same
The silence, the violence
The endless brutality
Your wanton disregard
For this obvious illegality
I feel the cold and silence
Crushing down on my brain
The horrors I’ve endured
Would turn a stone insane
Believe me, you deceived me
When you said, “We’re sailing south!”
Two years of salty seamen
Leaves a bad taste in my mouth

2nd Mate/BenJo/Steward
The ice is breakin' up! The ice is breakin' up! The ice is breakin' up!
Oh! The ice is breakin' up to the north'ard! 
The whales is all jes’ waitin’ to be killed! 
We’ll be whistlin’ all the while when we’re whalin’ for the Ile
And we won’t go back to Homeport till we’re filled!

2nd Mate
Captain on the deck!

Steward
If I break another dish
I’ll be swimming with the fish

BenJo
That’s the last time I give lip
To a captain on his ship

2nd Mate
They don’t give me much to say.

Captain
It ain’t the money, don’t you know
That’s keepin’ me up here…

2nd Mate
Ablow!
There’s whale sir, off the starboard quarter
A school of ‘em as far as I can tell
You’ll get the Ile now for sure
Though it’s likely you’ll lose her

Steward
The devil he is, damn his soul to hell!

Captain:  What was that?

Steward
I said…um…er…uh…well…  Look!

2nd Mate/BenJo/Steward/Captain
The ice is breakin’ up to the north’ard!

 

 

 

 

Music and lyrics by:

David Patrick Ford

 

Characters:

They’re all me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Captain
Annie don’t you know me?
Speak to me!  Ye ain’t mad be ye?


Speak to me, Annie, speak to me!

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Mate/BenJo/Steward

Breakin’ up, breakin’ up!

 

The ice is breakin’ up, breakin’ up!

 

Breakin’ up, breakin’ up!

 

The ice is breakin’ up, breakin’ up!

 

Breakin’ up, breakin’ up!

 

Mrs. Keeney’s breakin’ up, breakin’ up!

 

Breakin’ up, breakin’ up!

 

Mrs. Keeney’s breakin’ up, breakin’ up!