Round The Corner Sally (Harding)

Interesting Facts about the Round The Corner Sally (Harding)

“Round The Corner Sally” – the halyard song mentioned by Dana in his “Two Years Before Mast”. Stan Hugill tells us that:
“The term “round-the-corner-sally” is often found in “Negro” minstrelsy and means anything from a female species of “corner boy” to a fully-fledged prostitute.”
The “corner” indicated in this shanty seems to be Cape Horn. The version given to us here comes from Harding Barbadian.
The song will be reconstructed by myself as the halyard shanty.

The source of this sea shanty

The music: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 389).
The lyrics: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 389, 390).

The Record of the Round The Corner Sally (Harding)

You also can find this record on my YouTube channel here or directly listen below. Additionally, if you want to share your opinion about the record or share your opinion you can do it in my Facebook forum here, or leave a comment at the bottom of this blog article.

Round The Corner Sally (Harding) - Halyard Shanty

The musical notation

Round The Corner Sally (Harding) - music notation

And the full lyrics

Round The Corner Sally

Round the corner an’ away we go!
– ROUND th’ corner SAL-ly!
Round the corner where them gals do go,
– ROUND th’ corner SAL-ly!

* 2 *

Oh, Sally Brown she’s the gal for me,
She’s waitin’ there by the mango tree,

* 3 *

She loves me good, she loves me long,
She loves me hot, she loves me strong.

* 4 *

Was ye ever down in Mobile Bay?
Where the gals all spend a white man’s pay?

* 5 *

I wisht I had that gal in tow,
I’d take her in tow to Callyo.

* 6 *

To Callyo we’re bound to go,
Around that corner where there’s ice an’ snow.

* 7 *

So round ‘er up an’ stretch ‘er luff,
I think by Gawd we’ve hauled enough!

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Bunch O Roses (tune version 1)

Bunch O Roses (tune version 2)

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