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The Fish of The Sea


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Come all you young sailormen, listen to me
I'll sing you a song of the fish in the sea, and it's...

Windy weather boys, stormy weather, boys

When the wind blows we're all together, boys

Blow ye winds westerly, blow ye winds, blow

Jolly sou'wester, boys, steady she goes.

Up jumps the eel with his slippery tail,
Climbs up aloft and reefs the topsail, and it's...

Then up jumps the shark with his nine rows of teeth
Saying, 'You eat the dough boys, and I'll eat the beef!' and it's... 


Up jumps the lobster with his heavy claws,
Bites the main boom right off by the jaws! and it's..


Up jumps the halibut, lies flat on the deck
He says, 'Mister Captain, don't step on my neck'  and it's... 


Up jumps the herring, the king of the sea,
Saying, 'All other fishes, now you follow me!' and it's... 


Up jumps the codfish with his chuckle-head,
He runs out up forward and throws out the lead!   and it's... 


Up jumps the whale... the largest of all,
'If you want any wind, well, I'll blow ye a squall!'  and it's... 


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.