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The Dead Horse


courtesy of - The horse, is money owed on land to creditors - When the money had been earned all aboard could say the horse was dead - He was debt free and could begin earning a pay in hand - Sometimes sailors made a fake horse to hoist up the mast

They say old man your horse will die  
And they say so and they hope so

Oh poor old man your horse will die  
Oh Poor old man

For many days I've ridden him  
And they say so and they hope so

And when he dies I'll tan his skin  
Oh poor old man

And if he lives I'll ride him again 
And they say so and they hope so

I'll ride him with a tighter rein 
Oh poor old horse

It's up aloft the horse must go 
They say so and they hope

We'll hoist him up and bury him low  
Oh poor old horse

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.