The Annie C. McGuire

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song lyric about the mysterious (and suspicious) wreck of the Annie C. McGuire in Portland Head, Maine

 

The Annie C. McGuire

 

In eighteen eighty-six, upon

A fateful Christmas eve,

The lighthouse up on Portland Head

Was destined to receive,

A Christmas gift like none before

And none they would desire,

The crashing and the smashing of

The Annie C. McGuire.

 

At first, they thought an earthquake shook

Their calm and peaceful night,

Then ran to find the Annie C.

Just yards below the light,

The keeper and his son rigged up

A lifeline and a chair,

And pulled the freezing mates ashore

With muscles and a prayer.

 

The Annie C. came wrapped up

On that Christmas holiday,

In a veiled shroud of myst'ry

Not untangled to this day,

And likely none will ever know

Exactly what transpired,

Aboard that shocking Christmas gift,

The Annie C. McGuire.

 

That ship, you see, was wanted by

The sheriff down the road,

Who planned to seize it to repay

A debt the owners owed,

They also found the Annie C.

Was heavily insured,

They bought the largest policy

The owners could procure.

 

Some thought they paid the captain off

To run his ship aground,

But when the sheriff searched his chest

No money could be found,

Then some recalled the captain's wife

So quiet all the while,

Who rode that chair to safety with

Her hatbox and a smile.

 

The Annie C. came wrapped up

On that Christmas holiday,

In a veiled shroud of myst'ry

Not untangled to this day,

And likely none will ever know

Exactly what transpired,

Aboard that shocking Christmas gift,

The Annie C. McGuire.

 

p.s. In case you are a member of a Bluegrass, Folk, or Western group (or know someone who is) and might be interested in co-writing, please let me know - dennisgoodwin1947@gmail.com

 


Submitted: October 25, 2020

© Copyright 2020 Dennis L. Goodwin. All rights reserved.

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