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Spanish Ladies - Roger Chartier Version


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You can hear a sample of this song with the device in the Sea Shanty Store. You can buy a download and hear it in full in just a few moments. This song is by Roger Chartier on the Sailor Songs CD This is a Yankee version Rewritten by Roger Chartier Adapted from a British Navy Homecoming shanty used at the capstain.

Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies
Farewell and adieu to you ladies of Spain

For we’ve received orders to sail to New Bedford
Nantucket to the Vinyard is just a few leagues

We’ll rant and we’ll roar like true Yankee sailors

We’ll rant and we’ll rave across the salt sea

Till we strike soundings in the harbor of New Bedford

1 Nantucket to home is just a few leagues

2 Great Point to home is just a few leagues

3 the Vinyard to home is just a few leagues

4 Woods Hole to home is just a few leagues

5 West Island to home is just a few leagues

We hove our ship to with the wind at the sou’west boys
We hove our ship to for to take soundings clear

In fifty five fathoms with a fine sandy bottom
We filled main tops’l up channel did steer


The first land we made was a place called Nantucket
Martha’s Vinyard Woods Hole then down Buzzards Bay

We sailed then by Marion Mattapoisett and Fairhaven
Then bore straight away for New Bedford hooray…..


Now the Captain called out for our grand ship to anchor
We clewed up our tops’ls stuck out tacks and sheets

We stood by our stoppers, we brailed in our spankers
And anchored ahead of the noblest of fleets…..


Let every man here drink up his full bumper
Let every man here drink up his full bowl

And let us be jolly and drown melancholy
And drink a health to each jovial and true hearted soul…..


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.