Banks Of Sacramento – Patterson Halyard version

Interesting Facts about Banks Of Sacramento – Patterson Halyard version

Patterson’s version, Banks Of Sacramento – Patterson Halyard version, is like Patterson’s shanties unusual. The first difficulty is that Patterson in his book doesn’t give us music. In almost every his shanty he inserts short refrains where usually no refrain existed. Stan Hugill says that Patterson called his shanty ‘hauling song’, and gives us one stanza, but this is not entirely true, because Patterson (J. E. Patterson “The Sea’s Anthology” 1913) labeled this song as ‘Capstan.’ and give three verses, and after these three verses, he gives another 4 verses under the label “The same: as a hauling chanty'”. So this song will be a ‘hauling song’, particularly the Halyard shanty Capstan version I will sing separately.

The source of this sea shanty

The music: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 112).
The lyrics: “The Sea’s Anthology” – J. E. Patterson (1913).

The Record of the Banks Of Sacramento – Patterson Halyard version

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

Banks Of Sacramento (Patterson Halyard version)

Now, my lads, get your beds and lie down
– With a HOOdah!
Now, my lads, get your beds and lie down
– With a HOOdah, hoodah-DAY!

– Blow, boys, blow, for Californi-O
– With a HOOdah!
– There’s plenty of gold, so I’ve been told,
– On the BANks of Sacramen-TO!

* 2 *

We came to a land where the cocktail flows
We came to a land where the cocktail flows

* 3 *

We came to a river where we couldn’t get across
And the plenty of gold, as I’ll have you told, Was a bully, bully loss

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