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Sea Songs
Last updated: 24.01.17
rnpo15.gif Mostly at Sea rnpo15.gif
"Mostly at Sea" more-or-less wraps up my life, a subject on which I have waxed lyrically enough on my same-named CD and requires no further elaboration here. It is odd to relate however, that on leaving the Royal Navy I never, ever again sang those ribald songs learned over some dozen years. It was only as a civilian in more normal circles that I became interested in and indeed enchanted by that vast body of songs and outpourings of sea-going folk over the centuries. I have delved deeply into many songbooks in acquiring a more general repertoire, my absolute favourites being Sea Songs Ships and Shanties by Master Mariner W.B. Whall, The Oxford Book of Sea Songs and The Valiant Sailor, both by Roy Palmer and Grey Funnel Lines by Cyril Tawney. Whilst folk singing in general continues its decline which started with industrialisation, it is a somewhat amazing that sea songs continue to generate interest even in this 21st century.

Geoff Grainger, Bremen-Vegesack, 11th March, 2007

Sea Songs Links

Folk Songs of Various Countries a massive site with over 10000 folk songs (midis and lyrics) by Frank Petersohn
The Grey Goose Shantymen , home page with scores, lyrics and midis.
Lieder und Melodien: Henry Kochlin & Susanne's Collection 
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anchor15.gif Advertised in Boston   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif All Clouds the Sky  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif All Things Are Quite Silent  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif  midi15.gif nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Ballad of Sammy's Bar, The   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Banks of Newfoundland, The  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  midi15.gif nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Banks of the Nile, The  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  mp315.gif nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Banks of the Sacramento, The  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  midi15.gif nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Barrat's Privateers  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Bergen, The  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Blow the Candles Out   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Blow the Man Down  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  mp315.gif nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Blow the Wind Southerly  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  mp315.gifmidi15.gif nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Blow, Boys, Blow  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Blow, Ye Winds  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Bold Fisherman, The  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif    nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Bold Shantymen, The   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Boston  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Bound for the Rio Grande  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  mp315.gif nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Britons Strike Home   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Candlelight Fisherman, The  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Captain's Apprentice, The  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Chase, The  
anchor15.gif Chicken on a Raft   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Chinee Bum Boatman, The   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Christmas at Sea  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Crossing the Bar   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Davy Lowston   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Deep Blue Sea   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Diesel and Shale   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Drummer and the Cook, The  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Eyemouth Disaster, The    nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Fareweel to Tarwathie  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  mp315.gif nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Farewell to Grog   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Fiddler's Green  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  mp315.gif nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Final Trawl, The  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Fire Down Below  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  mp315.gif nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif First Trip, The  
anchor15.gif Fisher  notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif General Taylor   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Greenland Whale Fishery  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  
anchor15.gif Grey Funnel Line, The  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Hailey Go Bailey Go  
anchor15.gif Handsome Cabin Boy, The  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Handy Me Boys So Handy   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Hanging Johnny  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Haul Away Joe  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Haul in the Long Line  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif    
anchor15.gif Herrin' and potatoes   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Hills of Isle au Haut   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Hilo Somebody  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Holy Ground, The  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  mp315.gif nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Homeward Bound   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Hullabaloo Belay  mp315.gif nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Humber Belle, The  
anchor15.gif Hundred and Fifty Days Out From Vancouver, A   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Hundred years ago, A  notes5usa.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Irish Rover, The  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  midi15.gif nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Jeannie C.  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif John Kanaka  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif John's Gone to Hilo  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  midi15.gif nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Johnny Todd  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  mp315.gif nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Leave her, Johnny  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  midi15.gif nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Leaving of Liverpool, The  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  midi15.gifnscore.gif  nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Let There Be a Tower of Refuge   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Little Boy Billee  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Lowlands Away  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Maggie May  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Marching Inland   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Mary Ellen Carter, The  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Matelot Came to Our House Once, A  
anchor15.gif Mother Carey   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif My Bonnie lies over the ocean  notes5usa.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  midi15.gif nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif New York Girls  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif No More Fish No More Fishermen   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Noah's Ark Shanty, The   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif North Sea Holes  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Off to Sea Once More  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  mp315.gif nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Old Moke Pickin' on the Banjo   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Old Sailors Never Die    
anchor15.gif On a British Submarine   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif One More Day  notes5uk.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Paddy Doyle's Boots  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Paddy Lay Back  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  midi15.gifnscore.gif nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Paddy West   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Paddy Works on the Railway  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Pirate Smith of Bristol   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Plains of Mexico, The  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Pleasant and Delightful  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Press Gang, The   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Randy Dandy  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Reuben James  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Rodney so Bold  
anchor15.gif Roll Alabama Roll  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Roll the Old Chariot Along   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Roll the Woodpile Down  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif    nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Rollin Down to Old Mauii  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Rollin' Down to Rio  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  
anchor15.gif Rolling Home  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Roseabella   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Round the Bay of Mexico   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Sailor Likes His Bottle Oh, The   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Sailor's Return, The  
anchor15.gif Sailors' Wives, The  
anchor15.gif Sally Brown  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Sally Free and Easy   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Shallow Brown  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Shellback's Song, The   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Shenandoah  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Shoals of Herring, The  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Stormalong  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Stormy Weather Boys  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif    nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Stormy Winds do Blow  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Strike the Bell   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Tackuanna  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Three Score and Ten  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Titanic, The  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif To all you Ladies   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Tom's Gone to Hilo  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Topman and the Afterguard   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Trawling Trade, The  notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif We're all Bound to Go   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Weary Cutters, The   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Whaling in Greenland  mp315.gif nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif What shall we do with a drunken sailor  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  mp315.gifmidi15.gif nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Whiskey Johnny  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Wife's in Dry Dock  
anchor15.gif Windy Old Weather  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif    nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Wreck of the Nancy Lee   nlyrics.gif
anchor15.gif Yellow Girls  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  mp315.gif nlyrics.gif