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The Bold Shantymen
Last updated: 22.04.17
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The Bold Shantymen is a shanty parody by Ron K. Shuttleworth to the 1796 tune "Spanish Ladies". 20th century landlubbers singing aboard their ship, a neat little boozer called "The Four Masted Clipper", just down Gasworks Street. The singers boast of their efforts aboard the dry-docked HMS Victory and The Cutty Sark but prefer to cross the Thames at Greenwich by tunnel instead of the ferry because they would be too sick. Fine sailors indeed!
The version I sing takes the tune from Roy Palmer's The Oxford Book of Sea Songs.
This song may be found in the Tyneside Maritime Chorus songbook