Interesting Facts about the Blow ye winds of morning
Blow ye winds of morning, this song mentioned by Stan Hugill – “Shanties from the Seven Seas” (1961) on page 220, comes from Richard Runciman Terry’s “The Shanty Book Part II”. R R Terry has it as a capstan shanty, same give it to us, Stan Hugill in his book. Also intriguingly Terry says it is the only instance of a sea song being sung as a shanty. In the case that this shanty was the only instance of a sea song being sung as a shanty, Stan Hugill however, pointed out examples of sea songs such as “Rolling Home” or “High Barbary”. They were all popular sea-songs that the end of the day finished as a shanty. Terry gives this song as a shanty from the shantyman known as – Mr. Short of Watchet, Somerset.
This song will be reconstructed as the capstan shanty.
The source of this sea shanty
The music: “The Shanty Book part II” (1926) – Richard Runciman Terry.
The lyrics: “The Shanty Book part II” (1926) – Richard Runciman Terry.
Mentioned in: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 220).
The Record of the Blow ye winds of morning
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The musical notation
The full lyrics
Blow, ye winds of morning
As I walked out one morning fair
to view the meadows round,
It’s there I spied a maiden fair
come trip-ping o’er the ground.
– O blow, ye winds of morning,
– Blow, ye winds, hi! Ho!
– Clear away the morning dew,
– And blow boys blow.
* 2 *
My father has a milk-white steed
and he is in the stall,
He will not eat his hay or corn,
Nor will not go at all.
* 3 *
When we goes in the farmer’s yard
and sees a flock of geese,
We dang their eyes and cuss their tighs
And knock down five or six.
* 4 *
As I was a walking
Downby the riverside,
It’s there I saw a lady fair
A-bathing in the tide.
* 5 *
As I was a-walking
out by the moonlight,
It’s there I spied a yaller gal,
And her eyes they shone so bright.
* 6 *
As I was a-walking
Down Paradise Street,
It’s there I met old John de Goss,
He said, ‘Will you stand treat?”