Interesting Facts about the Across The Western Ocean ( I )
Here is probably one of the development stages for the very famous shanty “Leave her, Johnny, Leave here”, the “Across The Western Ocean ( I )”. Stan Hugill mentions this song just before the description of the “Leave her, Johnny, Leave here”. This is the hauling shanty and will be reconstructed as a halyard shanty.
The source of this sea shanty
The music: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 292).
The lyrics: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 292, 293).
The Record of the Across The Western Ocean ( I )
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The musical notation
The full lyrics
Across The Western Ocean ( I )
Oh, though times are hard and the wages low,
– AMELia whar yer BOUND to?,
The Rocky Mountains is me home,
– Oh, ACROSS the Western OCEAN!!
* 2 *
A land of promise there ye’ll see,
I’m bound away across that sea.
* 3 *
To Liverpool that I’ll take my way,
To Liverpool that Packet School.
* 4 *
There’s Liverpool Pat wid his tarpaulin hat,
An’ Yannkee John, the Packet Rat.
* 5 *
Beware them Packet Ships I pray,
They’ll steal yer gear an’ clothes away.
* 6 *
We are bound away from our friends and home,
We’re bound away to seek for gold.
* 7 *
Mothers and sweetharts don’t ye cry,
Sister an’ brothers say goodbye.