The Gal With The Blue Dress

Interesting Facts about The Gal With The Blue Dress

This is another great song we have from the Harding Barbadian, a shipmate of Stan Hugill, he mentions in his book that Harding considered this song as one of the best in his repertoire for halyards. It is the Negro origin song, probably one used by cotton hosiers.

The source of this sea shanty

The music: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 267).
The lyrics: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 267, 268).

The Record of The Gal With The Blue Dress

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The full lyrics

The Gal With The Blue Dress (Harding)

A gal asleep wid a blue dress on,
– SHAKE her, Johnny, SHAKE her!
She’s waitin’ there for yer Uncle Tom,
– SHAKE ‘er, an’ we’ll WAKE ‘er!

* 2 *

This gal she did look good to me,
‘Cos I had bin ten months at sea’

* 3 *

She’s Down East gal wid a Down East style,
For a dollar a time it’s worth while.

* 4 *

Roust an’ shake her is the cry,
The bloody topmast sheave is dry!

* 5 *

A big wind comes from the Wes’-nor’-west,
This gal ain’t gonner git no rest.

* 6 *

Shake ‘er, bullies, oh, helm’s a-lee,
She’ll git washed out wid a big green sea.

* 7 *

Her oilskins they are all in pawn,
It’s wet an’ draughty round Cape Horn.

* 8 *

So roust ‘er from down below,
An’ haul away for yer Uncle Joe.

* 9 *

This gal she is a high-brown lass,
High-brown lass in a flash blue dress.

* 10 *

So roust ‘er be quick I say,
An’ make yer port an’ take yer pay.

* 11 *

Soon we’ll be down Mobile Bay,
Screwin’ cotton for to git our pay.

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Toms Gone Away

Toms Gone To Hilo – Bill Dowling

Stormalong Lads Stormy

Toms Gone Away

Interesting Facts about the Toms Gone Away

This is the Toms Gone Away halyard shanty. Apart from Stan Hugill, we can find this song in the collection of Richard Runciman Terry. This version of the tune Stan Hugill has from a South Wales seamen who had served in the Bristol Channel copper ore trade. The words are the same as in Bill Dowling’s „Thoms Gone To Hilo”.

The source of this sea shanty

The music: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 264).
The lyrics: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 264).

The Record of the Toms Gone Away

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The musical notation

Toms Gone Away - music notation

The full lyrics

Toms Gone Away

Tommy’s gone, and I’ll go too,
– My Tommy’s gone away!
Oh, Tommy’s gone, and I’ll go too,
– My Tommy’s gone away!

* 2 *

Tommy’s gone to Liverpool,
Oh, Tommy’s gone to Liverpool,

* 3 *

Tommy’s gone to Mobile Bay,
Oh, Tommy’s gone to Mobile Bay,

* 4 *

Tom’s gone, what shall I do?
Oh, Tom’s gone, what shall I do?

* 5 *

Tommy fought at Trafalgar.
Oh, Tommy fought at Trafalgar.

* 6 *

The old Victory led the way.
The brave old Victory led the way.

* 7 *

Tommy’s gone for evermore.
Oh, Tommy’s gone for evermore.

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Toms Gone To Hilo – Bill Dowling

Ranzo Ray C

Hilo Johnny Brown

Toms Gone To Hilo – Bill Dowling

Interesting Facts about the Toms Gone To Hilo – Bill Dowling

The “Thoms Gone To Hilo” was a halyard shanty usually sang for raise a topsails yards, and one that was never liked by mats because sung by a good shantyman slowed down the pulls, due to the lethargic nature in which the shanties are sung. Difficult song for shantymen, however very popular with the crowd, especially for heavy yard lifts. This is the theme from the singing of Bill Dowling of Bootle.

The source of this sea shanty

The music: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 261).
The lyrics: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 262, 263).

The Record of the Toms Gone To Hilo – Bill Dowling

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The musical notation

Toms Gone To Hilo - Bill Dowling - music notation

The full lyrics

Toms Gone To Hilo – Bill Dowling

Tommy’s gone on a whalin’-ship,
– A-WAY you I-lo!
Oh, Tommy’s gone on a damn long trip.
– TOM’s gone to HI-lo!

* 2 *

He never kissed his gal goodbye,
He left her an’ he told her why.

* 3 *

She’d robbed him blind an’ left him broke,
He’d had enough, gave her the poke.

* 4 *

His half-pay went, it went like chaff,
She hung around for the other half.

* 5 *

She drank an’ boozed his pay away,
With her weather-eye on his next pay-day.

* 6 *

He shipped away around Cape Horn.
His clothes an’ boots wuz in the pawn.

* 7 *

This tart will get another flame,
Aye, she will git him just the same.

* 8 *

Steer clear, me boys, of flash chowlahs,
They’ll make ye wiser than ye are!

* 9 *

Oh, Tommy’s gone an’ left her flat,
Oh, Tommy’s gone an’ he won’t come back.

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Toms Gone To Hilo – Terry

Ranzo Ray A

Ranzo Ray B

Toms Gone To Hilo – Terry

Interesting Facts about the Toms Gone To Hilo – Terry

The “Thoms Gone To Hilo” was a halyard shanty. This version comes from “The Shanty Book part I” (1921) – by Richard Runciman Terry. Terry chose the version sung to him by Mr. George Vickers, who gives us verses about “The Victory” and “Trafalgar”, due to Terry never heard them sung by any other seaman.

The source of this sea shanty

The music: “The Shanty Book part I” (1921) – Richard Runciman Terry.
The lyrics: “The Shanty Book part I” (1921) – Richard Runciman Terry.
Mentioned in: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 261).

The Record of the Toms Gone To Hilo – Terry

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The musical notation

Toms Gone To Hilo – Terry - music notation

The full lyrics

Toms Gone To Hilo

Tommy’s gone, and I’ll go too,
– Away down Hilo.
Oh, Tommy’s gone, and I’ll go too,
– Tom’s gone to Hilo

* 2 *

Tommy’s gone to Liverpool,
Oh, Tommy’s gone to Liverpool,

* 3 *

Tommy’s gone to Mobile Bay,
Oh, Tommy’s gone to Mobile Bay,

* 4 *

Tom’s gone, what shall I do?
Oh, Tom’s gone, what shall I do?

* 5 *

Tommy fought at Trafalgar.
Oh, Tommy fought at Trafalgar.

* 6 *

The old Victory led the way.
The brave old Victory led the way.

* 7 *

Tommy’s gone for evermore.
Oh, Tommy’s gone for evermore.

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Tommys Gone To Hilo – Harlow

Reuben Ranzo – Sternvall version

Reuben Ranzo – Patterson version

Tommys Gone To Hilo – Harlow

Interesting Facts about the Tommys Gone To Hilo

The “Tommys Gone To Hilo” was a halyard shanty usually sang for raise a topsails yards. This song mentioned by Stan Hugill comes from “The Making Of A Sailor” by Frederick Pease Harlow (1928 1st ed: p 258, 259). Due to the different melody and the theme which “smack of “South Australia,” it is worth reconstructing it.

The source of this sea shanty

The music: “The Making Of A Sailor” by Frederick Pease Harlow (1928 1st ed: p 258).
The lyrics: “The Making Of A Sailor” by Frederick Pease Harlow (1928 1st ed: p 258, 259).
Mentioned in: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 261).

The Record of the Tommys Gone To Hilo

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Tommys Gone To Hilo - music notation

The full lyrics

Tommys Gone To Hilo

Oh, Tommy’s gone, what shall I do?
– A-way, Hilo!
Tommy’s gone and I’ll go too,
– Tommy’s gone to HI-lo!

* 2 *

To Hilo town, we’ll see her through,
For Tommy’s gone with a rulling crew.

* 3 *

Oh, Tommy’s gone from down below,
And up aloft this yard must go.

* 4 *

Oh, Tommy’s gone, we’ll ne’er say nay
Until the mate sing out, “Belay!”

* 5 *

I think I heard the old man say,
We’ll get our grog three times a day.

* 6 *

Oh, one more pull and that will do,
So let her roll and wet us through.

* 7 *

She’ll ship it green again to-day;
The mate is sore and hell’s to pay.

* 8 *

Oh, Tommy’s gone, what shall I do?
The mate is sore and so are you.

* 9 *

Oh, Tommy’s gone and left us, too;
We like the mate – Like hell we do!

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Toms Gone To Hilo

Reuben Ranzo II – Doerflinger

Poor Old Reuben Ranzo

Toms Gone To Hilo

Interesting Facts about the Toms Gone To Hilo

The “Thoms Gone To Hilo” was a halyard shanty usually sang for raise a topsails yards, and one that was never liked by mats because sung by a good shantyman slowed down the pulls, due to the lethargic nature in which the shanties are sung. Difficult song for shantymen, however very popular with the crowd, especially for heavy yard lifts.

The source of this sea shanty

The music: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 261).

The lyrics: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 261, 262).

The Record of the Toms Gone To Hilo

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The musical notation

Toms Gone To Hilo - music notation

The full lyrics

Toms Gone To Hilo

Tommy’s gone, what shall I do?
– A-WAY you HELO-o-o!
Ooh! Tommy’s gone an’ I’ll go too,
– TOM’s gone to HI-lo!

* 2 *

Tommy’s gone to Hilo town,
Where all them gals they do come down.

* 3 *

Hilo town is in Peru,
It’s just the place for me an’ you.

* 4 *

Tommy’s gone to Liverpool,
To Liverpool, that packet school.

* 5 *

Yankee shellbacks ye’ll see there,
Wid red-topped boots an’ short cut hair.

* 6 *

He signed for two pound ten a month,
No more than two pound ten a month,

* 7 *

Tommy’s gone to Baltimore,
To dance upon a sandy floor.

* 8 *

Tommy’s gone to Mobile Bay,
A-screwin’ cotton all the day.

* 9 *

Tommy’s gone to fair Quebec,
A-stowin’ timber on the deck.

* 10 *

Tommy’s gone to Cally-o,
He won’t come back from there, I know.

* 11 *

Tommy’s gone to Vallipo,
He’ll dance them Spanish gals, y’know.

12 *

Tommy’s gone to ‘Frisco Bay
In a Cape Horner the other day.

13 *

Tommy’s gone to Pernambuck,
He’s gone to get a nip an’ tuck.

14 *

Tommy’s gone to Montreal,
In a packet ship wid sky’ls tall.

15 *

Tommy’s gone to Rye-o Grand,
He’s rollin’ in the yeller sand.

16 *

Tommy’s gone to to Singapore,
Oh, Tommy’s gone for evermore.

17 *

Oh, haul away, me bully boys.
Oh, haul away, kick up some noise.

18 *

Now hoist ‘er up an’ show ‘er clew,
Oh, we’re the bastards to kick ‘er though!

19 *

One more pull, lads, then belay,
Ooh! One more pull an’ then belay.

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Shallow Brown – Harry Perry

Shiloh Brown

Reuben Ranzo – Hugills version

Shiloh Brown

Interesting Facts about the Shiloh Brown

Stan Hugill says “Shiloh Brown” is the link between “Shallow Brown” and “Tom’s Gone To Hilo”. These two stanzas of this beautiful song come from “Fenceless Meadows Tales Of The Sea” by Bill Adams (1923). At first, looks like “Shallow Brown”, but actually according to Stan Hugill is a variant of “Tom’s Gone To Hilo”.

Because both songs which the “Shiloh Brown” link, are halyard songs, I will reconstruct this song as a halyard shanty. The music used in my reconstruction is the conjunction of music from mentioned linked shanties and the halyard tempo used to it.

The source of this sea shanty

The music: notation or record doesn’t exist.
The lyrics: “Fenceless Meadows Tales Of The Sea” by Bill Adams (1923 page 86).
Mentioned in: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 260, 261).

The Record of Shiloh Brown

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The full lyrics

Shiloh Brown

Oh Johnny’s gone, what shall I do?
– Shil-loh, Shil-loh Brown.
Oh Johnny’s gone, what shall I do?
– Johnny’s gone to Rio

* 2 *

Where Johnny goes, I must go too,
– Shil-loh, Shil-loh Brown.
Where Johnny goes, I must go too,
– Johnny’s gone to Rio

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Shallow Brown D

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Shallow Brown – Harry Perry

Interesting Facts about the Shallow Brown – Harry Perry

Shallow Brown – Harry Perry, was mentioned by Stan Hugill, he says that Piggot was given to us in “Journal of the Folk Song Society” an interesting verses: “I’ll cross the Chili mountains, To pump the silver fountains, …” which means that a sailor deserted his ship in some West Coast port and went working in the silver mines of Chili.
I did find the original “Journal of the Folk Song Society” (No. 20, November 1916), and it is a couple of things to clarify. First instead of Piggot song is sung by Mr. Harry Perry (Aged 61), On board the American Liner, S.S. St. Paul. July 21st, 1915. Noted by Cecil J. Sharp. Original title “Shallow Brown (I’m Going Away To Leave You)”, and is noted as pulling shanty, therefore I will reconstruct this song as halyard shanty.

The source of this sea shanty

The music:”Journal of the Folk Song Society” (No. 20, November 1916)
The lyrics: “Journal of the Folk Song Society” (No. 20, November 1916)
Mentioned in: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 260).

The Record of the Shallow Brown – Harry Perry

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The musical notation

Shallow Brown - Harry Perry - music notation

The full lyrics

Shallow Brown – Harry Perry

I’m going away to leave you, ….,
– SHALlow, O SHALlow Brown.
I’m going away to leave you, ….,
– SHALlow, O SHALlow Brown.

* 2 *

Get my clothes in order.
Get my clothes in order.

* 4 *

The steam-boat sails to-morrow.
The steam-boat sails to-morrow.

* 5 *

I’m bound away for Georgia.
I’m bound away for Georgia.

* 6 *

No more work on plantation.
No more work on plantation.

* 7 *

I’ll cross the wide Atlantic.
I’ll cross the wide Atlantic.

* 8 *

I’ll cross the Chili mountains.
I’ll cross the Chili mountains.

* 9 *

To pump the silver fountains.
To pump the silver fountains.

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Shallow Brown B

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Shallow Brown D

 by Jerzy Brzezinski

Interesting Facts about the Shallow Brown D

Shallow Brown D 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. As the age of sails progressed, in the late days this song was usually sung at halyards. This version comes from English Folk Chanteys” by Cecil Sharp (1914) (1st ed: p 60). In the description of this shanty Cecil Sharp mentioned song was sung to him by Mr. Robert Ellison, at Belvedere, Woolwich, and also mentioned these words have a Negro flavor. Cecil Sharp placed this song into the “Pulling Chanteys” chapter. I will reconstruct this song as a halyard shanty.

The source of this sea shanty

The music: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 259).
The lyrics: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 259).

The Record of the Shallow Brown D

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Shallow Brown D - music notation

The full lyrics

Shallow Brown D

O I’m going to leave her,
– SHALlow, O SHALlow Brown!
O I’m going to leave her,
– SHALlow, O SHALlow Brown!

* 2 *

Ship on board a whaler,
Ship on board a whaler,

* 3 *

Bound away to St. George’s.
Bound away to St. George’s.

* 4 *

Love you well, Julianna.
Love you well, Julianna.

* 5 *

Massa going to sell me.
Massa going to sell me.

* 6 *

Sell me to a Yankee.
Sell me to a Yankee.

* 7 *

Sell me for the dollar.
Sell me for the dollar.

* 8 *

Great big Spanish dollar.
Great big Spanish dollar.

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Shallow Brown B

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Shallow Brown B

Interesting Facts about the Shallow Brown B

Shallow Brown B 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. As the age of sails progressed, in the late days this song was usually sung at halyards. Here version of what Stan Hugill has heard from Harding Barbadian. I will reconstruct this song as a halyard shanty.

The source of this sea shanty

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

The Record of the Shallow Brown B

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The musical notation

Shallow Brown B - music notation

The full lyrics

Shallow Brown B

Oh! Shallow in the mornin’,
– SHALlow, oh, SHALlow Brown!
Just as the day was dawnin’,
– SHALlow, oh, SHALlow 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.

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