East Coast Privateers

Pirates of the
Eastern Seaboard

                              ~♥~Sea Shanties~♥~

 Mingalay Boat Song

Heel ya ho boys, let her go boys,

Bring her head round into the weather

~1st Chorus~
Heel ya ho boys, let her go boys,

Sailing homeward to Mingulay

What care we, how white the minch is

What care we, for wind & weather

Bring her round boys for every inch is

Wearing homeward to Mingulay

~2nd Chorus~

Heel ya ho boys, let her go boys,

Bring her head round into the weather

Heel ya ho boys, let her go boys,

Sailing homeward to Mingulay

 Far behind us, the hills of Quinlan

Soon before us the hills of heather

And you know boys, the candles glow boys

In the windows of Mingulay

 ~2nd Chorus~

Wives are waiting on the bank

Or looking seaward from the heather

Bring her round boys and then we’ll anchor

Ere the sun sets on Mingulay

 ~2nd Chorus~

Ships return now, heavy laden

Mothers holdin’ babes a cryin’

They’ll return though, when the sun sets

They’ll return to Mingulay

~2nd Chorus~

 

Wild Rover

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhaM-16MwW8

I've been a wild rover for many a year, 
And I spent all my money on whiskey and beer, 
And now I'm returning with gold in great store
And I never will play the wild rover no more.

~Chorus~ 
And it's no, nay, never, 
No nay never no more,
Will I play the wild rover
No never no more.

I went to an ale-house I used to frequent
And I told the landlady my money was spent.
I asked her for credit, she answered me "nay
Such a custom as yours I could have any day."


~Chorus~

I took from my pocket ten sovereigns bright
And the landlady's eyes opened wide with delight.
She said "I have whiskey and wines of the best
And the words that I spoke sure were only in jest."


~Chorus~
I'll go home to my parents, confess what I've done 
And I'll ask them to pardon their prodigal son.
And if they caress (forgive) me as ofttimes before
Sure I never will play the wild rover no more.


~Chorus~
 

Sam’s Gone Away ~ Man of War

 
  Well,  I wish I was a Captain aboard a Man of War!

~Chorus~

Sam’s gone away aboard a Man of War

Brave work, me boys, pretty work I say

Sam’s gone away aboard a Man of War

 

 Well, I wish I was a Helmsman, aboard a Man of War

~Chorus~

Well, I wish I was a First Mate, aboard a Man of War

~Chorus~

Well, I wish I was the Cannonier, aboard a Man of War

~Chorus~

Well, I wish I was a Powder Monkey aboard a Man of War

~Chorus~

Oh, the Captain’s wife is a frigid bitch, aboard a Man of War

~Chorus~

I’m glad I’m not the Captain, aboard a Man of War

~Chorus~

  

Rolling Down to Old Maui

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=us3RAsE17XA

 

It's a damn tough life, full of toil & strife,

we whaler-men undergo,

And we won't give a damn when the gales are done,

how hard the winds did blow,

For we're homeward bound from the Arctic grounds,

with a good ship taut & free,

And we won't give a damn when we drink our rum,

with the girls from old Maui.

 

~CHORUS~

Rolling down to old Maui, me boys,

rolling down to old Maui,

We're homeward bound from the Arctic grounds,

rolling down to old Maui

 

Once more we sail with the northerly gale,

through the ice & wind & rain,

Them coconut fronds, them tropical lands,

we soon shall see again,

Six hellish months we've passed away,

on the cold Kamchatka sea,

But now we're bound from the Arctic grounds,

rolling down to old Maui. 

 

~CHORUS~

 

Once more we sail with the Northerly gales,

towards our island home,

Our whaling done, our mainmast sprung,

and we ain't got far to go,

Our stuns'l's bones is carried away,

what care we for that sound,

A living gale is after us,

thank God we're homeward bound.

 

~CHORUS ~

 

How soft the breeze through the island trees,

now the ice is far astern,

Them native maids, them tropical glades,

is awaiting our return,

Even now their big brown eyes look out,

hoping some fine day to see,

Our baggy sails, running 'fore the gales,

rolling down to old Maui.

 

~CHORUS~ x2~

 

 

All for Me Grog

Well it's all for me grog, me jolly jolly grog
It's all for me beer and tobacco
For I spent all me tin with the lassies drinking gin
Far across the western ocean I must wander

Where are me boots, me noggin', noggin' boots?
They're all gone for beer and tobacco
For the heels they are worn out and the toes are kicked about
And the soles are looking out for better weather

Where is me shirt, my noggin', noggin' shirt?
It's all gone for beer and tobacco
For the collar is all worn, and the sleeves they are all torn
And the tail is looking out for better weather

I'm sick in the head and I haven't been to bed
Since first I came ashore with me slumber
For I spent all me dough on the lassies movin' slow
Far across the Western Ocean I must wander

Where is me bed, me noggin' noggin bed
It's all gone for beer and tobacco
Well I lent it to a whore and now the sheets are all tore
And the springs are looking out for better whether.

Where is me wench, me noggin' noggin' whence
She's all gone for beer and tobacco
Well her  (clap) is all worn out and her (clap) is knocked about
And her (clap) is looking out for better whether.

 

Fiddlers Green

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSYnz06M2Qc 

As I roved by the dockside one evening so fair
To view the salt waters and take in the salt air
I heard an old fisherman singing a song
Oh, take me away boys me time is not long

Wrap me up in me oilskin and blankets
No more on the docks I'll be seen
Just tell me old shipmates, I'm taking a trip mates
And I'll see you someday on Fiddlers Green

Now Fiddler's Green is a place I've heard tell
Where the fishermen go if they don't go to hell
Where the weather is fair and the dolphins do play
And the cold coast of Greenland is far, far away

Now when you're in dock and the long trip is through
There's pubs and there's clubs and there's lassies there too
And the girls are all pretty and the beer is all free
And there's bottles of rum growing on every tree.

Where the skies are all clear and there's never a gail
And the fish jump on board with one swish on their tail
Where you lie at your leisure, there's no work to do
And the skipper's below making tea for the crew

Now I don't want a harp nor a halo, not me
Just give me a breeze and a good rolling sea
I'll play me old squeeze-box as we sail along
With the wind in the riggin to sing me a song


                  

One More Day Johnny

Have you heard the news, my Johnny
One more day!
We're homeward bound tomorrow
Only one more day!

2. Don't you hear the old man growlin'
One more day!
Don't you hear the mate a howlin'
Only one more day!

3. Don't you hear the old man callin'
One more day!
Don't you hear the pilot bawlin'
Only one more day!

4. Only one more day a-howlin'
One more day!
Can't you hear the gals a-callin'
Only one more day!

5. Only one more day a-rollin'
One more day!
Can't you hear the gulls a-callin'
Only one more day!

6. Only one more day a-furlin'
One more day!
Only one more day a-cursin'
Only one more day!

  7. Heave and sight the anchor, Johnny
One more day!
For we're close 'board the port, Johnny
Only one more day!

8. Put on your long-tail blue, Johnny
One more day!
For your payday's nearly due.
Only one more day!

9. We're homeward bound today, Johnny
One more day!
We'll leave her without sorrow, Johnny
Only one more day!

10. Pack your bags today, my Johnny
One more day!
O, an' leave her where she lies, Johnny
Only one more day!

11. No more gales or heavy weather
One more day!
Only one more day together
Only one more day!

12. Only one more day, my Johnny,
One more day!
O, rock and roll me over.
Only one more day!

 Rolling Home

Rolling home, sun`s around my shoulders
Rolling home, I feel it getting colder
In my eye the birds cry, cry into the land
While beneath my feet the ship flies, fly into the sand

Rolling home, rolling home

Thoughts returning, thoughts of what I told her
Thoughts returning, thoughts as I get older
In my mind I hear her crying, crying in the wind
In my mind I hear her crying, her tears they wheel and spin

Rolling home, I`m rolling home

Golden dawns are shining all around me
Golden dawns that really think they`ve found me
And I know I will be happy in laughter behind the song
And I know I will be happy when she and I are one

 

Drunken Sailor

 What do you do with a drunken sailor,

What do you do with a drunken sailor,
What do you do with a drunken sailor,
Earl-eye in the morning!

~Chorus~
Way hay & up she rises
Way hay & up she rises
Way hay & up she rises
Earl-eye in the morning


Shave his belly with a rusty razor,
Shave his belly with a rusty razor,
Shave his belly with a rusty razor,
Earl-eye in the morning!

~Chorus~


Put him in the hold with the Captain's daughter,
Put him in the hold with the Captain's daughter,
Put him in the hold with the Captain's daughter,
Earl-eye in the morning!

~Chorus~

What do you do with a drunken sailor,
What do you do with a drunken sailor,
What do you do with a drunken sailor,
Earl-eye in the morning!

~Chorus~

Put him the back of the paddy wagon,
Put him the back of the paddy wagon,
Put him the back of the paddy wagon,
Earl-eye in the morning!

~Chorus~

Throw him in the longboat 'til he's sober,
Throw him in the longboat 'til he's sober,
Throw him in the longboat 'til he's sober,
Earl-eye in the morning!

~Cho
rus~

What do you do with a drunken sailor,
What do you do with a drunken sailor,
What do you do with a drunken sailor,
Earl-eye in the morning!

~Chorus~


What do you do with a drunken sailor,
What do you do with a drunken sailor,
What do you do with a drunken sailor,
Earl-eye in the morning!

~Chorus~

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