The Lowlands Low (B)

Interesting Facts about The Lowlands Low (B)

This version of The Lowlands Low (B), Stan Hugill had from his shipmate Jack Birch of Plymouth. This song is known as “Lowlands”, “The Lowland Sea”, “The Golden Vanitee”, or “The Lowlands Low” and seems to have been based on a ballad of the seventeenth century entitled “Sir Walter Raleigh Sailing in the Lowlands”.

The source of this sea shanty

The music: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 64).

The lyrics: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 62, 63).

The Record of The Lowlands Low (B)

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The musical notation

the-lowlands-low-b musical notation

The full lyrics

The Lowlands Low (B)

There was a lofty ship boys, an’ she put aut to sea
An’ she goes by the name of the Golden Vanitee
An’ we thought she would be taken by the spanish piratee
– as we sailed along the lowlands, lowlands
– as we sailed along the lowlands low!

* 2 *

Oh, we had aboard o’ us a little cabin-boy
Who said, – “What will ye give me if the galley I destroy?”
Oh, ye can wed my daughter, she is my pride and joy
– If ye sink her in the lowlands, lowlands
– If ye sink her in the lowlands low!

* 3 *

‘Of treasure and of gold I will give to ye a store,
And my pretty little daughter that dwelleth on the shore,
Of treasure and of fee as well I’ll give to thee galore,
– If ye sink her in the lowlands, lowlands
– If ye sink her in the lowlands low!

* 4 *

So the boy bared his breast and he plunged into the tide
An’ he swam until he came to the rascal pirate’s side
He climbed on the deck an’ went below, by none was he espied
– And he sank’em in the lowlands, lowlands
– And he sank’em in the lowlands low!

* 5 *

He bore with his auger, he bored once an’ twice
And some were playin’ cards an’ some were playin’ dice
An’ water flowed in an’ dazzled their eyes
– An’ he sank’em in the lowlands, lowlands
– An’ he sank’em in the lowlands low!

* 6 *

Oh, some were playing cards, oh, an’ some were playin’ dice
And some wuz in their hammocks a-sportin’ with their wives
An’ then he let the water in an’ put out all their lights
– And he sank her in the lowlands, lowlands
– And he sank her in the lowlands low!

* 7 *

Then the cabin-boy did swim o’er to the starboard side
Sayin’ – “Capen, take me up, I am drifting with the tide.”
“I will ink ye, I will kill ye if ye claim my child as bride,
– Ii will sink ye in the lowlands, lowlands
– I will sink ye in the lowlands Low!

* 8 *

Then the cabin-boy did swim all to the lardboard side
Sayin’ – “Shipmates take me up for I’m drowinin’ with the tide.”
They hauled him up so quickly, but when on deck he died
– And they buried him in the lowlands, lowlands
– And they buried him in the lowlands low!

* 9 *

‘And his shipmates took him up, and when on deck he died
They sewed him in his hammock which was so strong and wide
They said a short prayer o’er him, and they dropped him in the tide
– And they sailed from the lowlands, lowlands
– And they sailed from the lowlands low!

* 10 *

Here’s a curse upon that Captain, wherever he may be
For taking a poor cabin-boy so far away to sea
For taking a poor cabin-boy so far away to sea
– And to leave him in the lowlands, lowlands
– And to leave him in the lowlands low!

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The Lowlands Low (A)

Interesting Facts about The Lowlands Low (A)

The lilt of the word ‘Lowlands’ seemed to have a fascination for the shantyman and sailor in general. A very ancient song of the sea sings of the Lowlands of Holland, those of Scottland, and even the Lowlands of Virginia were all woven into the songs of the shantyman. Stan Hugill mentioned that Capitan Davis (“Sailors’ Songs and Shanties” – 1887) gives it as a shanty, but Stan Hugill and many of his shipmates have sung this old song at both capstan and pumps.

The source of this sea shanty

The music: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 62, 63). I will try to recreate is capstan, and I heard it on Stan Hugill’s album – “A Salty Fore Topman” (1989).

The lyrics: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 62, 63).

The Record of The Lowlands Low (A)

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The musical notation

the-lowlands-low-a musical notation

The full lyrics

The Lowlands Low (A)

There once was a skipper who was boastin’ on the quay,
Oh, I have a ship and a gallant ship is she,
Of all the ships I know. She is far the best to me,
an’ she’s sailing in the Low-lands, Low.
– In the Low-lands, Lowlands, she’s sailing in the, Lowlands Low!

* 2 *

Oh, I had her built in the North a-counterie,
And I have her christened The “Golden Vanitee”.
I armed her and I manned her an’ I sent her off to sea
And she’s sailing in the low-lands, low.
– In the Low-lands, Lowlands, and she’s sailing in the.
..

* 3 *

Then up spoke a sailor who had just returned from sea
‘Oh, I wuz aboard of the “Golden Vanitee”
When she wuz held in chase by a Spanish piratee
And we sank her in the low-lands, low.
– In the Low-lands, Lowlands, and we sank her in the.
..

* 4 *

Oh, we had aboard o’ us a little cabin-boy
Who said, – “What will ye give me if the galley I destroy?”
Oh, ye can wed my daughter, she is my pride and joy
If ye sink her in the low-lands, low.
– In the Low-lands, Lowlands, if ye sink her in the.
..

* 5 *

‘Of treasure and of gold I will give to ye a store,
And my pretty little daughter that dwelleth on the shore,
Of treasure and of fee as well I’ll give to thee galore,
If ye sink her in the low-lands, low.
– In the Low
lands, Lowlands, if ye sink her in the...

* 6 *

So the boy bared his breast and he plunged into the tide
An’ he swam until he came to the rascal pirate’s side
He climbed on the deck an’ went below, by none was he espied
And he sank’em in the low
lands, low.
– In the Low-lands, Lowlands, and he sank’em in the.
..

* 7 *

He bore with his auger, he bored once an’ twice
And some were playin’ cards an’ some were playin’ dice
An’ water flowed in an’ dazzled their eyes
An’ he sank’em in the low
lands, low.
– In the Low-lands, Lowlands, an’ he sank’em in the.
..

* 8 *

Oh, some were playing cards, oh, an’ some were playin’ dice
And some wuz in their hammocks a-sportin’ with their wives
An’ then he let the water in an’ put out all their lights
And he sank her in the low-lands, low.
– In the Low-lands, Lowlands, and he sank her in the.
..

* 9 *

Then the cabin-boy did swim o’er to the starboard side
Sayin’ – “Capen, take me up, I am drifting with the tide.”
“I will ink ye, I will kill ye, if ye claim my child as bride,
I will sink ye in the low-lands, low.”
– In the Low-lands, Lowlands, I will sink ye in the.
..

Then the cabin-boy did swim all to the lardboard side
Sayin’ – “Shipmates take me up for I’m drowinin’ with the tide.”
They hauled him up so quickly, but when on deck he died
And they buried him in the low-lands, low.
– In the Low-lands, Lowlands, and they buried him in the

* 11 *

‘And his shipmates took him up, and when on deck he died
They sewed him in his hammock which was so strong and wide
They said a short prayer o’er him, and they dropped him in the tide
And they sailed from the low-lands, low.
– In the Low-lands, Lowlands, and they sailed from the

* 12 *

Here’s a curse upon that Captain, wherever he may be
For taking a poor cabin-boy so far away to sea
For taking a poor cabin-boy so far away to sea
And to leave him in the low-lands, low.
– In the Low
lands, Lowlands, and to leave him in the ...

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Larry Marr

Interesting Facts about Larry Marr

Worth noting Larry Marr also has known as also called as “Five Gallon Jar”. This is the capstan shanty and at the pumps sometimes. In the chorus it is related to the “short refrain” version of “The Limejuice Ship”, this version was taken by Stan Hugill from Irish Sailor, Paddy Delaney, and it’s pretty certain that is of Irish origin.

Shanghaiing or crimping is the practice of kidnapping people to serve as sailors by coercive techniques such as trickery, intimidation, or violence. Those engaged in this form of kidnapping were known as crimps.

The verb “shanghai” joined the lexicon with “crimping” and “sailor thieves” in the 1850s, possibly because Shanghai was a common destination for ships with abducted crews. The term has since expanded to mean “kidnapped” or “induced to do something by means of fraud”.

The source of this sea shanty

The music: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 60). I will sing this song as a capstan shanty. And try to recreate this song from hearted Stan Hugill’s version from the album “Shanties From The Seven Seas” (1962), with The York & Albany Crew.

The lyrics: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 60).

The Record of the Larry Marr

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The musical notation

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The full lyrics

Larry Marr

There wuz five or six old drunken shellbacks standin’ before the bar
An’ Larry he wuz servin’ them from a big five-gallon jar

– Then hoist up yer flag, long may it wave
– Long may it lead us to the glory or the grave
– Steady boys steady, we’ll sound this Jubilee
– For Babylon’s a fallen an’ the Diggers are set free!

* 2 *

In Larry’s place way on the coast there lived old Larry Marr
Missus an’ Larry did employ such a big five-gallon jar.

* 3 *

The pair they played the Shanghai game, wuz known both near an’ far’
They never missed a lucky chance to use the five-gallon jar.

* 4 *

A hell-ship she wuz short o’ hands, o’ full red-blooded tars,
Missus an’ Larry would prime the beer in their ol’ five-gallon jar.

* 5 *

Shellbacks an’ farmers jist the same sailed into Larry Marr’s,
And sailed away around the Horn, helped by the five-gallon jar.

* 6 *

In ‘Frisco town their names is known, as is the Cape Horn Bar,
An’ the dope they serve out to ol’ Jack, from the big five-gallon jar.

* 7 *

From the Barbary Coast steer clear, me boys, an’ from ol’ Larry Marr,
Or else damn soon shanghaied ye’ll be by Larry’s five-gallon jar.

* 8 *

Shanghaied away in a skys’l-ship around Cape Horn so far,
Goodbye to all the boys an’ girls an’ Larry’s five-gallon jar.

(Verses 1&7 have the first tune – rest have the second tune)

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The Gals O’ Chile

Interesting Facts about The Gals O’ Chile

The Gals O’ Chile is an outward-bound capstan anchor shanty and a version is also to be found in Captain Robinson’s collection; Miss Colcord also gives it, but she had it from Captain Robinson. He gives it the title of “Hero Bangidero”, his first and third refrains being “To my hero Bangidero”, but this refrain, on his own admission, was never sung – being bawdy, it has been camouflaged by Stan Hugill.

The source of this sea shanty

The music: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 53). Stan Hugill left a record on his album: “A Salty Fore Topman” were singing with Stormalong John, and this is the version that I try to replicate.

The lyrics: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 53, 54).

The Record of The Gals O’ Chile

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The musical notation

the-gals-o-chile - sea shanty musical notation

The full lyrics

The Gals O’ Chile

To.. Chile’s coast we are bound away
– Timme heave-ho, hang’er Hi-lo!
To.. Chile’s coast we are bound away
– (An’) we’ll dance an all drink pis-co!
We are bound away, at the break o’day,
Where they little Spanish gals are so bright an’gay,
– Timme heave-ho, hang’er Hi-lo!
– Sing olay for them dago gals!
(spanish -> dago)

* 2 *

An’ when we get to Vallipo,
– Timme heave-ho, hang’er Hi-lo!
An’ when we get to Vallipo,
– We’ll all drink lots of vino!
Dance the gals up the street with a roll-‘n’-go,
Grab ’em round the middle an’ we won’t let go.
– Timme heave-ho, hang’er Hi-lo!
– Sing olay for them dago gals!

* 3 *

Them gals o’Chile, they are hard to beat.
– Timme heave-ho, hang’er Hi-lo!
Them gals o’Chile, they are hard to beat.
– (An’) we’ll dance an all drink pis-co!
From truck to keel they are trim an’ sweet,
They’re all a-pullin’ on the ol’ main-sheet.
– Timme heave-ho, hang’er Hi-lo!
– Sing olay for them dago gals!

* 4 *

Them senioritas, they are smart and gay,
– Timme heave-ho, hang’er Hi-lo!

Them senioritas, they are smart and gay,
– (An’) we’ll dance an all drink pis-co!
They dance an’ drink till the break o’ day,
Then clean ye out an’ blow yer pay.
– Timme heave-ho, hang’er Hi-lo!
– Sing olay for them dago gals!

* 5 *

Rosita, Anna, and Carmen too,
– Timme heave-ho, hang’er Hi-lo!
Rosita, Anna, and Carmen too,
– (An’) we’ll dance an all drink pis-co!
They’ll greet ye with a hullabaloo,
An’ soon ye’ll know what they can do.
– Timme heave-ho, hang’er Hi-lo!
– Sing olay for them dago gals!

* 6 *

My trim little frigate is very smart(sharp) craft,
– Timme heave-ho, hang’er Hi-lo!
My trim little frigate is very smart craft,
– (An’) we’ll dance an all drink pis-co!
She’s armed to the teeth both fore ‘n’ aft,
Sharp at the bows with a fine view abaft.
– Timme heave-ho, hang’er Hi-lo!
– Sing olay for them dago gals!

* 7 *

Them ol’ senyoras, as we know well,
– Timme heave-ho, hang’er Hi-lo!
Them ol’ senyoras, as we know well,
– (An’) we’ll dance an all drink pis-co!
They’re red-hot divils from the other side o’ hell,
An’ ye’ll niver get a chance for to ring a Chile belle.
– Timme heave-ho, hang’er Hi-lo!
– Sing olay for them dago gals!

* 8 *

When the time comes for to sing farewell,
– Timme heave-ho, hang’er Hi-lo!
When the time comes for to sing farewell,
– (An’) we’ll dance an all drink pis-co!
Goodbye to the gals an’ our money as well,
Callyo, Caquimbo, an’ ol’ Corynel.
– Timme heave-ho, hang’er Hi-lo!
– Sing olay for them dago gals!

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