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30 August 2017 0 Comments

The Last Shanty

Written by Tom Lewis 1987   Well me father often told me when I was just a lad A sailor’s life was very hard, the food was always bad But now I’ve joined the navy, I’m aboard a man-o-war And now I’ve found a sailor ain’t a sailor any more Don’t haul on the rope, […]

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 […]

17 May 2015 0 Comments

Limejuice Tub

When shearing comes lay down your drums Step on the board you brand new chums With a ra-dum ra-dum rub-a-dub-dub Send him home in a lime juice tub Chorus Here we are in New South Wales Shearing the sheep as big as whales With leather necks and daggy tails And hides as tough as rusty […]

3 March 2012 0 Comments

Brinnisi di marinara (Lampa)

Sung to the tune of Reubin Ranzo (or Reubin Ranzo is sung to this tune, depending on your perspective). Sciucamini sta lampa Lampabo Lampa Di cca nun si nni jemu Lampabo Lampa   Si sta lampa ni l’asciucamu E nui rosoliu vulemu   La misculanza ci l’ammu a fari E nui cca semu   Ciuccamuni […]

27 July 2011 0 Comments

Larry Marr (Five Gallon Jar)

In ‘Frisco town there lived a man and Jack Marr was his name; And in the days of the Cape Horn Trade, he played the Shanghai game. His wife’s name was Mary Ann, sailors knew both near and far; An’ when they [played the Shanghai game, the used the big stone jar. [Chorus] In the […]

27 July 2011 0 Comments

The Limejuice Ship

1. Now, if ye want a merchant ship to sail the seas at large, Ye’ll not have any trouble if ye have a good discharge, Signed by the Board o’ Trade an’ everything exact, For there’s nothin’ done on a Lime juice ship contrary to the Act. [Chorus] So haul boys yer weather mainbrace an’ […]

25 July 2011 0 Comments

Lowlands Low (The Island Lass)

The packet is the island lass Lowlands, lowlands, lowlands low There’s a laddie howlin at the main topmast Lowlands, lowlands, lowlands low Out captain hails from Barbados He’s got the name Ol’ Hammertoes He feeds us bread as hard as brass His bacon salt is balaam’s ass It’s up aloft this yard must go Up […]

30 May 2011 0 Comments

Lower the (Yawl) Boat Down

Seven old schooners come drivin’ the bay [Refrain] Oh, lower the boat down, And ugly old Alice was leading the way, [Refrain] Lower the yawl boat down We drove her so hard off Pemaquid Neck The old man had thought we had broken her back, There’s only one thing that grieves me It’s my poor wife and […]

5 May 2010 0 Comments

Lean and Unwashed Tiffey

Written by Cyril Tawney (c) 1954 I’m a lean and unwashed tiffy I come up from Plymouth Town I can fix it in a jiffy If you’ll hand that spanner down If you’ll hand – that spanner down. Portland girls are raving beauties ‘Specially in the summer time They make you curse these week-end duties […]

5 May 2010 0 Comments

Lindy Lowe

Come smiling, Lindy Lowe, The purtiest girl I know, On the finest boat that ever float, On the Ohio! The Mississippi, on the Ohio! Come smiling, Lindy Lowe, To the bayous deep and slow, Come smiling, Lindy Lowe, To the Gulf of Mexico, Come smiling, Lindy Lowe, To the Louisiana shore, Come smiling, Lindy Lowe, […]