Interesting Facts about the Rise Me Up From Down Below
Here is another great stamp-‘n’-go shanty, “Rise Me Up From Down Below”. According to Harding Barbarian, Stan Hugill’s shipmate this song was very popular on Yankee ships with Coloured crews. Harding also said that the tune is the Jamaican work song taken to sea by West Indian seamen and modify it to their needs.
The source of this sea shanty
The music: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 281).
The lyrics: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 281).
The Record of the Rise Me Up From Down Below
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The musical notation
The full lyrics
Rise Me Up From Down Below
I’m just up from the world below,
That is where the cocks do crow,
– Whisky O, Johnny O!
– Rise me up from down below,
– Down below, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh!
– Rise me up from down below, boys
– Rise me up from down below!
* 2 *
I an the ghost of the Bertie Binns,
Cut down wuz I for me ‘orrible sins.
* 3 *
Me only home is down below,
They’ve let me out for an hour or so.
* 4 *
An’ when the cocks begin to crow,
‘Tis time for me to roll ‘n’ go.
* 5 *
Back in a hurry to the southern shore,
That is where the fires do roar.
* 6 *
I’ll tell yuh, boys ’tis hot in hell,
An’ I should know the place damn well.
* 7 *
An’ now the bleedin’ sail is set,
Back to me hole I’ll have ter get.