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17 May 2015 0 Comments

The Chinee Bumboat Man

I’ll sing ye a story o’ trouble an’ woe, that’ll cause ye to shudder an’ shiver Concerning a Chinee bumboat man, that sailed Yangtze River He was a heathen o’ high degree, As the joss-house records show His family name was Wing Chang Loo, but the sailors all called him Jim Crow ee-eye-oh ee-eye   […]

4 December 2014 0 Comments

Go To Sea No More

When first I landed in Liverpool, I went upon a spree Me money alas I spent it fast, got drunk as drunk could be And when that me money was all gone, ’twas then I wanted more But a man must be blind to make up his mind to go to sea once more Once more, boys, once more, […]

18 August 2014 0 Comments

Finnegan’s Wake

Tim Finnegan lived in Walkin street, A gentleman Irish, mighty odd. He had a brogue both rich and sweet And to rise in the world he carried a hod. You see he’d a sort of a tipplin’ way With a love for the liquor he was born. And to help him on his way each […]

28 June 2014 0 Comments

Paddy West

Oh, as I was a-walkin’ down London roadI came to Paddy West’s houseHe give me a feed of American hashAnd he called it Liverpool scouseHe said “There’s a ship that’s wantin’ handsAnd on her you’d quickly signHer mate is a bastard, her bo’sun’s worseBut she will suit you fine”Take off yer dungaree jacketsAnd give yerselves […]

17 November 2013 0 Comments

Skipper Jan Rebec

SKIPPER JAN REBEC Who’s the king of the fighting Dutch Skipper Jan Rebec And who do the sailors fear so much Skipper Jan Rebec Chorus: Ja Ja leave your hammocks Ja Ja hands on deck Ja Ja break your backs For Skipper Jan Rebec When he got a boat of his own S.J.R. It was […]

1 July 2013 0 Comments

Bonnie Ship the Diamond

The Diamond is a ship, my lads For the Davis Strait we’re bound The quay it is all garnished With bonnie lasses ’round Captain Thompson gives the order To sail the ocean wide Where the sun it never sets, my lads Nor darkness dims the sky Chorus: For it’s cheer up my lads Let your […]

6 June 2013 0 Comments

Santiano (Bay of Mexico)

Santy Anna gained the day Away Santy Anno Santy Anna gained the day All on the plains of Mexico Mexico, oh Mexico Away Santy Anno Mexico is a place I know All on the plains of Mexico Them yaller girls I do adore Away Santy Anno With their shinin’ eyes and their cold black hair […]

6 June 2013 0 Comments

Rolling Home (Across the Sea)

Call all hands to man the capstan See the cable run down clear Heave away and with a will boys For old England we will steer And we’ll sing in joyful chorus In the watches of the night And we’ll sight the shores of England When the grey dawn brings the light Rolling home, rolling […]

6 June 2013 0 Comments

A Drop of Nelson’s Blood (Roll the Old Chariot Along)

Oh, a drop of Nelson’s blood wouldn’t do us any harm, Oh, a drop of Nelson’s blood wouldn’t do us any harm, Oh, a drop of Nelson’s blood wouldn’t do us any harm, An’ we’ll all hang on behind! So we’ll ro-o-oll the old chariot along! An’ we’ll roll the golden chariot along! So we’ll […]

5 February 2013 0 Comments

The Orpheus

(c) Rudy Sunde The Orpheus was a proud ship Sailing the ocean waves, The Orpheus was a doomed ship Sailing a watery grave In 1863, she left old Sydney town 250 men on board, for New Zealand bound The Tasman Sea was smooth and calm She made her eastern run Until she reached the Manukau […]