Sister Susan

Interesting Facts about the Sister Susan

“Sister Susan” also known as the “Shibone Al”, is used as the hauling shanty. According to Stan Hugill is a typical West Indian or Southern States’ work-song taken to sea and turned into a shanty. The song Stan Hugill learned from shantyman, “Harry Lauder” of St. Lucia, B.W.I.
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 391).
The lyrics: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 391).

The Record of the Sister Susan

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.

Sister Susan - Halyard Shanty

The musical notation

Sister Susan - music notation

And the full lyrics

Sister Susan

Sister Susan an’ my gal Sal,
– GWINE ter git a-home by’n’BY!
All a gwine ter live down Shibone Al,
– GWINE ter git a-home by’n’BY!
We’re all gonne live down Shibone Al ley,
– GWINE ter git a-home by’n’BY!

* 2 *

Portugee Joe came down aour Al,
Portugee Joe he got my Sal,
He went an’ ran off with my Sally,

* 3 *

So I thought I’d take a trip to sea,
So I shipped aboard o’ a big Yankee,
I went an’ shipped out of Nantucket.

* 4 *

A whaler’s life is no life for me,
I jumped her an’ I left the sea,
I ran right back to Shinbone Alley.

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