Sacramento (C)

Interesting Facts about the Sacramento (C)

This version of Sacramento (C), of the Cape Horn one, is the most popular one. Stan Hugill thing this version was the original one, and it can be sung to either tune or to a mixture of both tunes, depending on the number of syllables in the verses. This song was sung as a capstan anchor shanty, especially when raising the “mud-hook”.

The song will be reconstructed by myself as the capstan shanty.

The source of this sea shanty

The music: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 109).

The lyrics: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 109).

The Record of the Sacramento (C)

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.

Sacramento (C) - Capstan Shanty

The musical notation

sacramento-c music notation

The full lyrics

Sacramento (C)

Oh around Cape Horn we are bound for to go
– To me Hoo-dah! To me Hoo-dah!
Around Cape Horn through the sleet an’ the snow,
– To me Hoo-dah! Hoo-dah day!

– Blow, boys, blow!
– For Californ-eye-O!
– There’s plenty o’ gold so I’ve bin told,
– On the banks of the Sacramento!

* 2 *

Oh around the Horn with a mainskys’l set,
Around Cape Horn an’ we’re all wringin’ wet.

* 3 *

Oh, around the Horn in the month o’ May,
Oh, around the Horn is a very long way.

* 4 *

Them Dago gals we do adore,
They all drink vino an’ ask for more.

* 5 *

Them Spanish gals ain’t got no combs,
They comb their locks with tunny-fish bones.

* 6 *

To the Sacramento we’re bound away,
To the Sacramento’s hell o’ a way.

* 7 *

We’re the buckos for to make ‘er go,
All the way to the Sacramento.

* 8 *

We’re the bullies for to kick her through,
Roll down the hill with a hullabaloo,

* 9 *

Starvation an’ ease in a Yankee ship,
We’re the bullies for to make ‘er rip.

* 10 *

Santander Jim is a mate from hell,
With fists o’ iron an’ feet as well.

* 11 *

Breast yer bars an’ bend yer back,
Have an’ make yer spare ribs crack.

* 12 *

Round the Horn an’ up to the Line,
We’re the bullies for to make ‘er shine

* 13 *

We’ll crack it on, on a big skiyoot,
Ol’ Bully Jim is a bloody big brute.

* 14 *

Oh, a bully ship wid a bully crew,
But the mate is a bastard through an’ through.

* 15 *

Ninety days to ‘Frisco Bay,
Ninety days is damn good pay.

* 16 *

Oh, them wuz the days of the good ol’ times,
Back in the days of the Forty-nine.

* 17 *

Sing an’ have an’ heave an’ sing,
Heave an’ make them handspikes spring.

* 18 *

An’ I wish to Gold I’d niver bin born,
To go a-ramblin’ round Cape Horn.

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