New Foundland Shanty
courtesy of www.SailorSongs.com
Up jumps a crab with his crooked legs
Saying - you play the cribbage and I'll stick the pegs
Singing blow the wind westerly, let the wind blow
By a gentle nor'wester how steady she goes
Up jumps a dolphin with his chuckle-head
He jumps on the deck saying pull out the lead...
Up jumps a flounder so flat on the ground
Saying damn your old chocolate, mind how you sound...
Up jumps a salmon so bright as the sun
He jumped down between the decks and fired off a gun...
Up jumps a whale, the biggest of all
He jumped up aloft and he's pawl after pawl...
Up jumps a herring, the king of the sea
He jumps up on deck saying - helms a-lee...
Up jumps a shark with his big row of teeth
He jumped up between the decks and shook out the reefs...
The author of this website has put a lot of time and effort into gathering the greatest collection of sea shanties for the world to enjoy - There are songs that have been to sung to a job of work at sea for many, many years and collecting them has been a great endeavour. - Roger Chartier has made the effort out of his own interest and the requests that he has gotten to do this work from fellow musicians who wanted a good source of sea shanties to draw on and learn from. He has been told that for this effort he is a remarkable man.