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30 August 2017 0 Comments

The Fields of Athenry

Written by Pete St John 1970’s By a lonely prison wall, I heard a young girl calling Michael they are taking you away, For you stole Trevelyn’s corn So the young might see the morn, Now a prison ship lies waiting in the bay Low lie, The Fields Of Athenry Where once we watched the […]

29 April 2012 0 Comments

The Anna

Words and music: Warren Payne (c) 2009 It was 1875 when the Anna came alive at the Catlins River yard of Will McPhee From native timbers she was made, of the very finest grade They built her tough to survive the Southern Sea Gaff and topsail on her main and her mizzen the same And […]

21 April 2012 0 Comments

Andrew Rose

Andrew Rose, the British sailor Now to you his woes I’ll name ‘Twas on the passage from Barbados Whilst on board the Mary Jane. Wasn’t that most cruel usage Without a friend to interpose? How they’ve whipped and mangled, Gagged and strangled The British sailor, Andrew Rose. 2. ‘Twas on the quarter-deck they laid him, […]

21 April 2012 0 Comments

All Bound to Go

There’s some is bound for New York town And others is bound for France, Heave away me Johnnies, heave, heave away;   And there’s some is bound for the Bengal Bight To teach the whales to dance, And away me bully boys we’re all bound to go.   An advance pay in our pockets boys […]

25 July 2011 0 Comments

The Argo

Twas a terrible night when the Argo went down It was a cruel and horrible sight The Captain and crew they did scream to the gods To keep their ship floating aright Their cargo was precious, the King’s royal twins Who were bound for the land ‘cross the sea Though a hundered brave travellers left […]

10 September 2010 0 Comments

Roll Alabama Roll (Sea Porn Version)

When the Alabama’s crew was laid [Refrain] Roll Alabama Roll They were laid on the day that they got paid [Refrain] Oh roll, Alabama Roll They were laid in the house of Madame Laird They were laid in the town of Maidenhead At the Bull and Bear they downed their swill At the Grey Horse […]

10 September 2010 0 Comments

A Matlow Told Me (Sea Porn : Lyric Warning)

Sample can be heard here: A matlow told me before he died And I’ve no reason to think he lied. He knew a whore with a cunt so wide That she could never be satisfied. So he built a bloody great wheel Two balls of brass and a prick of steel. The balls of brass […]

5 May 2010 0 Comments

Arsehole Rules (Sea Porn)

Arsehole rules the Navy, arsehole rules the sea. If you want a bit of bum, better get it from your chum – You’ll get no bum from me. Let us sing a bit of good old Captain Kitt, Who sat one morning early in the head. A bee came flying past and it stung him […]

4 May 2010 8 Comments

Auckland to the Bluff

Written by the legendary NZ Shantyman Rudy Sunde (c) 1991 ish I left the city when just a lad Times were hard and no work to be had So I went to sea on the Florabelle Little did I know ’twas a ship from hell The ship was old and leaking at the seams A […]

4 May 2010 0 Comments

Roll Alabama Roll

When the Alabama’a keel was laid Roll Alabama Roll It was laid in the yard of Jonathon Laird O Roll Alabama Roll She was laid in the yard of Johnathon Laid It was in the town of Birkenhead Down the Mersey way she sallied then She was Liverpool fitted with guns and men To the […]