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Just the Choruses

Printable PDF Version! This page has a bunch of choruses in alphabetical order. The bold lines are sung all together with verses in between sung by one or a few others. There are heaps more verses but they should all follow the pattern set out here. Anderson’s Coast Old Bass Strait roars like a great mill […]

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Randy Dandy Oh

Now we are ready to head for the Horn, Way, ay, roll an’ go! Our boots an’ our clothes boys are all in the pawn, Timme rollickin’ randy dandy O! Heave a pawl, oh, heave away, Way, ay, roll an’ go! The anchor’s on board an’ the cable’s all stored, Timme rollickin’ randy dandy O! […]

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Chicken on a Raft

The skipper’s in the wardroom drinkin’ gin, Hi, ho, chicken on a raft! I don’t mind a-knockin’, but I ain’t a-goin’ in! Hi, ho, chicken on a raft! The jimmy’s laughin’ like a drain, Hi, ho, chicken on a raft! He’s lookin’ in me comic cuts again! Hi, ho, chicken on a raft! Hey! Chicken […]

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Strike the Bell

To the tune of “Click Go The Shears” Up on the quarterdeck and walking about There’s the second mate, so steady and so stout What he is a thinkin’ of, he doesn’t know himself We’re wishing he would hurry up and strike, strike the bell Strike the bell, Second Mate, and let us go below […]

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The Fair Young Maiden

Who’s that knocking at my door? Who’s that knocking at my door? Who’s that knocking at my door? Said the fair young maiden It’s only me from over the sea Said Barnacle Bill the sailor It’s only me from over the sea Said Barnacle Bill the sailor Are you young and handsome sir? Are you […]

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John Kanaka song

I thought I heard the old man say John Kanaka-naka Turi-ay Today today is a sailing day John Kanaka-naka Turi-ay Turi-ay Oh Turi-ay John Kanaka-naka Turi-ay Turi-ay Oh Turi-ay John Kanaka-naka Turi-ay We’ll work tomorrow but not today Today today is a holiday We’re bound away for Frisco Bay We’re bound away at the break […]

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Lowlands Away

I dreamed a dream the other night Lowlands, lowlands away me John My love she came, dressed all in white Lowlands away I dreamed my love came in my sleep Lowlands, lowlands away me John Her cheeks were wet, her eyes did weep Lowlands away She came to me at my bedside Lowlands, lowlands away […]

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Blow Boys Blow

A Yankee ship came down the river, Blow, boys, blow! Her masts and spars they shine like silver, Blow, my bully bowys, blow! Then blow, my bullies, all together, Blow, boys, blow! Blow, my boys, for better weather. Blow, my bully bowys, blow! How do you know she’s a Yankee liner? The Stars and Stripes […]

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Anderson’s Coast

Old Bass Strait roars like a great mill race And where are you, my Annie? And the same moon shines on this distant place As shone that night on my Annie’s face. And Annie dear, don’t wait for me, I fear I’ll never return to thee. There’s naught to do but endure my fate And […]

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A Rovin’

In Amsterdam there lived a maid, Mark well what I do say!  In Amsterdam there lived a maid, An’ she wuz mistress of her trade, We’ll go no more a-ro-o-vin’ with you fair maid.  A-rovin’, a-rovin’, Since rovin’s bin my ru-i-in, We’ll go no more a-rovin’, With you fair maid.  One night I crept from my […]

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History Alive!

We sailed again, this time an away mission to the delightful Fort Lytton National Park for the History Alive exhibition. We were generously invited along by the Queensland Maritime Museum to dress up and sing our sea songs for the public there. With 3 performances throughout the day it was a challenge that was well […]

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ROLL ALABAMA ROLL

When the Alabama’s keel was laid Roll, Alabama, roll It was laid in the yards of Jonathan Laird O roll, Alabama, roll It was laid in the yards of Jonathan Laird It was laid in the town of Birkenhead Down Mersey way she sailed then Liverpool fitted her with guns and men To the Western […]

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(Shores of) Botany Bay

Traditional Farewell to your bricks and mortar, farewell to your dirty lies  Farewell to your gangers and gang planks  And to hell with your overtime  For the good ship Ragamuffin, she’s lying at the quay  For to take oul Pat with a shovel on his back  To the shores of Botany Bay  I’m on my […]

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QUEENSLAND WHALERS

(Harry Robertson) I’ve sailed the North Atlantic, where ice blows in the breeze. And roamed the Dutch West Indies in the calm blue sunny seas. When I think of ships and seamen, my thoughts return again To a season spent in Moreton Bay with Queensland whaling men. cho: Sing ho, you Queensland whalers, who have […]

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(Bound for) Botany Bay

Farewell to old England forever Farewell to my rum culls as well Farewell to the well known Old Bailey Where I used for to cut such a swell Singing Tooral liooral li-addity Singing Tooral liooral li-ay Singing Tooral liooral li-addity And we’re bound for Botany Bay There’s the captain as is our commander There’s the […]

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Second Voyage of The SV Chantilly

On Friday we sailed again! A worthy crew with at least 14 singing at various points. A great success by all accounts. Such Songs and shanties that went down particularly well were “Shiver my timbers” from the Muppets Treasure Island and “The Drunken Sailor.” Many thanks to the fine and able sea-folk who attended, especially […]

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The Whale

The Whale (Terry Fielding and Fred Dyer) Di Di Di Di DA Di DE Di Di They sailed from port one morning the weather it was fair A gentle breeze it pushed them and no one gave a care They sang and danced and laughed that night and opened up a keg They’re out to […]

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What is a Sea Shanty?

A sea shanty, chantey, or chanty is a type of work song that was once commonly sung to accompany labour on board large merchant sailing vessels. The term shanty most accurately refers to a specific style of work song belonging to this historical repertoire. However, in recent, popular usage, the scope of its definition is […]

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The Voyage Begins

We had our first meetup today, with a crew of 10 by the end of the night (a couple missing in the photo below). We sang Drunken Sailor, The Black Ball Line, Westering Ho, The Derelict, Rolling Down to Old Maui among others. Much fun was had, it was a great start and enthusiasm to […]

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