Shallow Brown A

Interesting Facts about the Shallow Brown A

Shallow Brown A is a usual version of the general family of the shanties called “Shallow Brown”. At the beginning life of this song, it was used as a pump shanty. According to Stan Hugill, this song has a West Indian origin, some of the shantymen pronounced the refrain as “Challo Brown” – “Challo” was a west Indian word Carib extraction meaning a “half-castle”, and it was heard this song, as far as the ports of Chile. I will reconstruct this song as a pump shanty.

The source of this sea shanty

The music: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 258).
The music: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 258).

The Record of the Shallow Brown A

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Shallow Brown A - Pump Shanty

The musical notation

Shallow Brown A - musical notation

The full lyrics

Shallow Brown A

– Och! Shallow, Och! Shal-low Brown!

Oh! Shallow in the mornin’,
– Och! Shallow, Och! Shal-low Brown!
Just as the day was dawnin’,
– Och! Shallow, Och! Shal-low Brown!

* 2 *

She is a bright mulatter,
She hails from Cincinatter

* 3 *

Come put me clothes in order,
The packet sails termorrer.

* 4 *

Once ye wuz sweet and cherry,
But now ye are contrary.

* 5 *

For ye are fat an’ lazy,
Ye nearly drive me crazy.

* 6 *

My half-pay ye’ve spent like chaff,
Ye’d like the other half.

* 7 *

Ye boozed me pay away,
But ye’ve had yer last pay-day.

* 8 *

The packet sails termorrer,
I’ll leave yer without sorrer.

* 9 *

Me clothes are all in pawn,
I’m bound around the Horn.

* 10 *

She won’t miss me when I’ve gone,
She’ll hook some other bum.

Related to this sea shanty

Shallow Brown – Cecil Sharp

Mister Stormalong (A1)

Stormy Along, John

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