Oh, Aye, Rio

Interesting Facts about the Oh, Aye, Rio

 Oh, Aye, Rio was first printed in a book by Stan Hugill, and he stated that he learned it from an old sailor at Port Adelaide, South Australia. It’s a dragging song, totally dirty, so Stan Hugill had to camouflage it a bit, keeping the original theme as much as possible. According to Stan Hugill, this song is a forebitter.

The source of this sea shanty

The music: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 96). I try to recreate this song from hearted Stan Hugill’s version from the album “Shanties From The Seven Seas” (1962), with The York & Albany Crew. Intriguingly, in this song, Stan Hugill only sings himself, without the crew in the chorus.

The lyrics: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 96).

The Record of the Oh, Aye, Rio

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 musical notation

oh-aye-rio music notation

The full lyrics

Oh, Aye, Rio

Oh, lady have; you a daughter fine?
– Oh, aye, Ri-ho!
Oh, lady have; you a daughter fine,
Fit for a sailor that’s crossed the Line.
– To me way, hay, ho, high, a long, long time ago!
– To me way, hay, ho, high, a long, long time ago!

* 2 *

Oh, yes I have a daughter fine,
Oh, yes I have a daughter fine,
Fit for a sailor that’s crossed the Line.

* 3 *

But madam, dear madam, she is too young,
But madam, dear madam, she is too young,
She’s never been courted by anyone.

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