Interesting Facts about the Blow The Man Down (IV – Doerflinger)
Here is one of the most favorite shanties is the tops’l halyard shanty “Blow The Man Down(IV – Doerflinger)”. This version comes from William Doerflinger’s “Shantymen And Shantyboys” (1951). Doerflinger says that almost any simple song could be adapted to “Blow The Man Down”. Les Nickerson (Doerflinger’s shantyman), a Nova Scotian, uses verses from the ancient Anglo-Scottish ballad of “The Three Crowns”, or “The Twa Corbies”.
I would also like to thank Artur Pietrzykowski for the wonderful illustration that you can find at the beginning of the record.
The source of this sea shanty
The music: “Shantymen And Shantyboys” by William Main Doerflinger (1951).
The lyrics: “Shantymen And Shantyboys” by William Main Doerflinger (1951).
Mentioned in: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 212).
The Record of the Blow The Man Down (IV – Doerflinger)
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The musical notation
The full lyrics
Blow The Man Down (IV – Doerflinger)
There was there crows sat on a tree,
– WAY, hay, BLOW the man down!
And they was black as black could be.
– GIMME some time to BLOW the man down!
* 2 *
Says one old crow unto his mate,
“Where shall we go for somethin’ to eat?”
* 3 *
“There is an old horse on yonder hill,
And there we can go and eat our fill.
* 4 *
“There is an old horse on yonder mound.
We’ll light upon to his jaw-bone.”
* 5 *
Says one old crow unto the other,
“We’ll pick his eyes out one by one”.