Ten Stone

Interesting Facts about the Ten Stone

“Ten Stone” is a windlass song given only by Bullen & Arnold. The song is Negro origin. Bullen mentioned he heard it himself when was sang by Negro working a dolly-winch on his ship in Georgetown, “Demera”. The music and lyrics are exactly the same as given originally in F.T. Bullen’s “Songs Of Sea Labour” (1914).

The source of this sea shanty

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

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

The Record of the Ten Stone

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.

Ten Stone - Anchor Windlass Shanty

The musical notation

Ten Stone - music notation

The full lyrics

Ten Stone

I neber seen de like sence I ben born!
– Way, ay, ay ay ay!
Nigger on the ice an’ a-hoe-in’ up corn,
– Way, ay, ay ay ay!

Ten stoone! ten stone!
– ten stone de win’ am o-ber,
Ten-ny git a-long, Ten-ny blow the horn,
– As we go march-in’ o-ber!

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