Shenandoah A

Interesting Facts about Shenandoah A

This is one of the most popular of all capstan and windlass shanties, the “Shenandoah”. The interesting fact according to Stan Hugill is that no two shantymen ever sang the same pronunciation of the word “Shenandoah”. Shenandoar, Shannandore, Shanandar, and Shanidah were all used. This is the first version — of Negro — origin, what Stan Hugill obtained from coloured cook (doctor) of the “Birkdale”, which had sailed for many years in the “Dales”, and in the “Invers” of the Milne Line of sailing ship.

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 175).

The lyrics:  “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 173, 175).

The Record of the Shenandoah A

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.

Shenandoah A - Capstan Shanty

The musical notation

Shenandoah A music notation

The full lyrics

Shenandoah A

Shenandoah, I long ter hear yer,
Hooray, you rollin’ river!
O Shenandoah, I cain’t git near yer,
High-ya! I’m bound away,
On the wide Missouri.

* 2 *

Shenan-doah, me daddy’s ner yer
O Shenan
doah, I seem ter hear yer.

* 3 *

Shenan-doah, me mudder’s near ye.
O Shenan-doah, for ye I’m weary.

* 4 *

Can the piccanninies hear ye?
O Shenan-doah, me heart’s a-dreary.

* 5 *

Shenan-doah, again I’ll hear ye.
O Shenan-doah, in dreams I’m near ye.

Related to this sea shanty

Rio Grande – Norvegian sailor version

Opsang For Brasiliefareren, Briggen Preciosa (Norwegian)

Sacramento (B)

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