A Long Time Ago – Gordon Hitchcock version

Interesting Facts about the A Long Time Ago – Gordon Hitchcock version …

This song including A Long Time Ago – Gordon Hitchcock version, was very popular in English and American Ships. It was probably, in the nineties of XIX century of the most-used halyard shanty of them all. Even the German and Scandinavians popularized versions in their own tongues. This song was sung; as halyard shanty. Only one stanza; is given in Stan Hugill’s book.

This version comes from the mentioned “Shell Book of Shanties” (which is actually the wrong title, because the true title is “The Shell Book of Sea Shanties”) by Gordon Hitchcock (1952). Fortunately, I found the book, I bought one and lonely available exemplar in the whole online world, and from Germany arrived mail with this book, so I can sing this shanty to you in full four stanzas version.

The source of this sea shanty

The music: “The Shell Book of Sea Shanties” by Gordon Hitchcock (1952) (1st ed: p 20, 21).

The lyrics: “The Shell Book of Sea Shanties” by Gordon Hitchcock (1952) (1st ed: p 20, 21).

Mentioned in: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 104).

The Record of the A Long Time Ago – Gordon Hitchcock version

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The musical notation

a-long-time-ago-gordon-hitchcock-version music notation

The full lyrics

A Long Time Ago (Gordon Hitchcock version)

A long, long time and a long time a-go,
– To me WAY, hay, o-HI-o!
A long, long time and a long time a-go,
– A LONG time a-GO!

* 2 *

A smart Yankee packet lay out in the bay:
Awaiting a fair wind to get under way,

* 3 *

With all her poor sailors all sick and all sore:
They’d drunk all their lime juice, and couldn’t get more,

* 4 *

If she’s not; had a fair wind; she’s lying there still:
If she’s not; had a fair wind
; she’s lying there still.

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