Rio Grande (A. Conan Doyle version)

Interesting Facts about Rio Grande (A. Conan Doyle version)

This is one of the most popular shanty families in the days of sail It was not the Mexican Rio Grande about which they were singing but the one further south in Brasil; not “Rio Grande del Nord” but “Rio Grande do Sul”. Stan Hugill in their description of the Rio Grande (A. Connan Doyle version), said that his friend Mr. T. E. Elwell informed him that when he was a shantyman he often sang the words of certain songs A. Conan Doyle had written in his series “Tales of the High Seas”.

This was all about a certain pirate “Captain Shankey” of the ship “Happy Delivery”. The Rio Grande, sailors sang at the anchor capstan or windlass and was an outward-bound song. According to Stan Hugill. This fine shanty was always been sung by sailors; when they work at capstan or windlass; and was an outward-bound song. The last three verses from 15-17; are the other Liverpool Stanzas; mentioned by Stan Hugill.

The source of this sea shanty

The music: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 90).

The lyrics: “Tales of the High Seas” A. Conan Doyle. The last three verses from 15-17; are the other Liverpool Stanzas; mentioned by Stan Hugill.

Mentioned in: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 93).

The Record

I do try to reconstruct this shanty as a capstan shanty. “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 93).

You also can find this record on my YouTube channel here or directly listen below. Additionally, if you want to share your opinion about the record or share your opinion you can do it in my Facebook forum here, or leave a comment at the bottom of this blog article.

The full lyrics

Rio Grande (A. Conan Doyle version)

A trader sailed from Stepney Town,
– Way down Rio!
With a bag of gold and a silken gown,
– And we’re bound; for the Rio Gran-de,

– Then away, love away!
– Way down Rio!
– Sing fare-ye-well, my pretty young girl,
– And; we’re bound; for the Rio Gran-de,

* 2 *

Where is the trader of Stepney Town?
– Way down Rio!
His gold’s on the capstan, his blood”s on his gown.
And we’re bound; for the Rio Gran-de,

– Then away, love away!
– Way down Rio!
– Sing fare-ye-well, my pretty young girl,
– And; we’re bound
; for the Rio Gran-de,

* 3 *

Then it’s up an’ it’s over to Stornaway Bay,
– Way down Rio!
Where the whisky is good and the lassies are gay.
– And; we’re bound; for the Rio Gran
de,

– Then away, love away!
– Way down Rio!
– Sing fare-ye-well, my pretty young girl,
– And
; we’re bound; for the Rio Gran-de,

Related to this sea shanty

Bound for the Rio Grande (Cecil Sharp Version)

Rio Grande (B)

A Long Time Ago (C)

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