Shanties

I Roam

O’ Run away lassie, girl
Back to Jerone,
Those fair winds doth bind me,
I’m a long way from home
From Ledley to Stornhold,
Aye, away I sail free,
I roam, I roam, on the blue bounding sea.

Sail on, sail on,
To the far setting Sun
Sail on, sail on
How long till we’re one

Sail on, sail on,
To the far setting Sun
Sail on, sail on
O’er nowhere’s horizon.

 I miss ye young lassie, girl
Out there on your own,
Those fair winds shan’t bind me,
Now I’m on my way home
From the corners o’ the world, lass
Aye, I sail back to thee,
I roam, I roam, on the blue bounding sea.

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The Captain is Back

Way a-hey ay lads, slackin’
–NO SLACK!
Heave away, haul away
–The Captain’s back!
Way a-hey ay lads, you slackin’
–NO SLACK!
No slackin’ lads!
–‘cause the Captain’s back!

Way hey, way a-hey ay,
Heave away, haul away
Way hey, way a-hey ay,
Give it one more –HAUL!
No slackin’ lads!
–‘cause the Captain’s back!

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Jolly Folly

With a heave an’ haul away to me jolly
With a ha!
And a Hurrah!
Ra-ha!

Sing to me all the way to me Molly
And a ha!
And a Hurrah!
Ra-ha!

Run to me givin’ your love to me Holly
With a ha!
And a Hurrah!
Ra-ha!

Find me and hold me all the day Dolly
And a ha!
And a hurrah!
Ra-ha!

And a heave an’ a haul away for my folly
With a ra!
And a hurrah!
A-HA!

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Goodbye

Goodbye to my ladies, farewell to ye all
And a heave-oh haul
– To my other!
Other?
My lover!

O’er the waves and across the blue sea,
I pray to the winds that she comes back to me!
I’ve loved an’ I’ve lost, an’ there’re lands I’ve not seen
Braving the winds an’ the waves o’er the Medean

Roiling an’ toiling, the ocean’s a’calling
Leaving of lovers an’ losing my brothers
Rising an’ falling I’m no less than I think
Drowning my sorrows down in the drink

Fond were those days, I do miss them well
And a heave-oh haul
– To my Mother!
Mother?
No other!

O’er the waves and across the blue sea,
I pray to the winds that I get home to she!
I’ve loved an’ I’ve lost, an’ there’re lands I’ve not seen
Braving the winds an’ the waves o’er the Medean

Roiling an’ toiling, the ocean’s a’calling
Leaving of lovers an’ losing my brothers
Rising an’ falling I’m no less than I think
Drowning my sorrows down in the drink

Goodbye to my ladies, farewell to ye all
And a heave-oh haul
– To my other!
Other?
My lover!

O’er the waves and across the blue sea,
I pray to the winds that she comes back to me!

~

Stormy Jack

There once was a young lad,
His name, it was Jack!
He’s a rogue and a scoundrel,
But I’ll cut him some slack!
He’s a thief, he’s a cutpurse
—A swindler, a crook!
He braved a mad storm,
While other men shook
Larcener and prowler
—Spider and cheat
Who else but Jack, lads,
Would chase down the fleet? 

Now Jack is a lover, a kind tender soul
The ladies they love him, they make his life whole
At times he is lonely, he just needs a friend
Yet by no single lady can his heart be mend

O’er waves, o’er the waves
Riding the storm winds, Jack
Frees all the knaves
O’er the waves, o’er the waves
Through thunder an’ lightning, Jack
Sends men to their graves

Oh he’ll slip an’ he’ll slide
An’ he’ll RUN and he’ll HIDE!
Then returns with a swagger,
—Gets away with a bribe!
That scamp, that rapscallion
What clever bastard is he?
Who sails into tempests
—And calls himself free!
Oh Jack, he’s a rascal
Sly through an’ through
A high-spirited pirate
—An’ a skilled sailor too!

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Tourenco Ladies

Never were the ladies there,
Never – ever –
Never in Tourenco fair!

Cut loose from a tops’l yard
Her canvas flyin’ free
Cor blast she drives a bargain hard!
Sending men listin’ back to the sea

Never were the ladies there,
Never – ever –
Never in Tourenco fair!

Her sheets are flappin’, free like a bird
Sly like a vixen in heat
A man’s cry for freedom never was heard
Those ladies, they do like to cheat

Never were the ladies there,
Never – ever –
Never in Tourenco fair!

Beware those bold ladies, rigged in disguise!
Held fast by seductive deceit
T’is easy for men to fall for such beautiful lies
But my lads she’s a wonderful treat!

Never were those ladies there,
Not were they ever
Never – EVER –
Never in Tourenco fair!