Walk Me Along Johnny

Interesting Facts about the Walk Me Along Johnny

The origin of Walk Me Along Johnny is West Indian and it probably stemmed from a slave song. Chas. Nordhoff in his “The Merchant Vessel” gives us a similar song as a cotton Stowers’ chant, but fits the words the tune must have been slightly different. Stan Hugill gives this song the halyard shanty.

This song will be reconstructed as the halyard shanty.

The source of this sea shanty

The music: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 78, 79).

The lyrics: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 78, 79).

The Record of the Walk Me Along Johnny

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Walk Me Along, Johnny - Halyard Shanty

The musical notation

walk-me-along-johnny music notation

The full lyrics

Way Stormalong, John

Stormy he is dead an’gone,
– WALK me along Johnny, CARry me along!
Stormy he is dead an’gone,
– CARry me to the BURyin’ ground,

– Then away ay-ay-ay-ay O Storm an’ Blow,
– WALK me along Johnny, CARry me along!
– Way ay-ay-ay-ay O Storm an’ Blow,
– CARry me to the BURyin’ ground,

* 2 *

We dug his grave with a silver spade
His shroud o’ finest silk wuz made

* 3 *

Oh, ye who dig Ol’ Stormy’s grave,
Dig it deep an’ make it safe

* 4 *

Oh, lower him down with a golden chain,
Make sure that he don’ rise again.

* 5 *

Oh, General Tailor died long ago,
He’s gone, me boys, where the winds don’s blow.

* 6 *

He died on the field of ol’ Monterey,
An’ Santiana he gained the day.

* 7 *

Dan O’Connell he died long ago,
Dan he was an Irish boy-O

* 8 *

We’ll haul, me boys an’ wake the dead
Let,s stow him in his little bed.

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Stormalong Lads Stormy

Interesting Facts about Stormalong Lads Stormy

Stormalong Lads Stormy is much the same as those in “Across the Western Ocean”, this song Stan Hugill learned from seamen who had the most famous name I ever heard, He was called “Harding, the Barbadian Barbarian” from Barbados, and having sailed in British, American, and Bluenose (Nova Scotian) ships, as well as West Indian traders, and he was Shantyman himself. It was originally used at the halyards.

This song will be reconstructed as the halyard shanty.

The source of this sea shanty

The music: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 76). I 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 76).

The Record of the Stormalong Lads Stormy

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.

Stormalong, Lads, Stormy - Halyard Shanty

The musical notation

stormalong-lads-stormy music notation

The full lyrics

Stormalong, Lads, Stormy

Stormalong an’ around we’ll go,
– Ol’ Stormalong!
Oh, Stormalong an’ around we’ll go,
– Storm-along, lads, stormy.

* 2 *

If ever you go to Liverpool,
If ever you go to Liverpool,

* 3 *

To Liverpool that packet school,
To Liverpool that packet school,

* 4 *

Yankee sailors ye’ll see there,
Yankee sailors ye’ll see there,

* 5 *

With red-topped boots an’ short cut hair,
With red-topped boots an’ short cut hair,

* 6 *

There ‘s Liverpool Pat with his tarpaulin hat,
An’ ‘Frisco Jim, the packet rat.

* 7 *

Wake up, yer bitch, ‘n’ let us in,
Get up, yer bitch, ‘n’ service us gin.

* 8 *

Oh, I wisht I wuz in Liverpool Town,
Them Liverpool judies I’d dance around.

* 9 *

O long Stormy-stormalong,
O long Stormy-stormalong.

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Stormalong, Lads, Stormy

Lowlands Low (Halyards)

Interesting Facts about Lowlands Low (Halyards)

Another shanty from the Lowlands family, but this time is a halyard one. Stan Hugill had Lowlands Low (Halyards), from Old Smith of Tobago, a fine old colored shantyman who gave to Stan a lot of little-known shanties, it was happening in the 30s of the XX century. It is a West-Indian song, according to Sharp, it comes from West Indian Trade (Sugar and Rum).

At this time I did a little presentation with yard pull, as this is a halyard chantey. According to Stan Hugill, it was two hard pulls, and after every pull, the yard goes up a couple of inches. Three sails have been hoisted (those with raising up yards) to be raised in a single mast: Upper Topsail, Upper Topgallant, and Royal, in those sails, were hoisted to the singing of “Halyard Shanties”. It was one of the hardest work on the ship.

This song will be reconstructed as the halyard shanty.

The source of this sea shanty

The music: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 70).

The lyrics: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 71, 72).

The Record of the Lowlands Low (Halyards)

“Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 70,71).

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.

Lowlands Low (Halyards) - Halyard Shanty

The musical notation

lowlands-low-halyards music notation

The full lyrics

Lowlands Low (Halyards)

Our packet is the Island Lass,
– LOWlands, Lowlands, LOWlands Low!
There’s a nigger howlin’ at the main top-mast,
– LOWlands, Lowlands, LOWlands Low!

* 1 *

The Ol’ Man hails from Barbadoes,
– LOWlands, Lowlands, LOWlands Low!
He’s got the name Ol’ Hammertoes,
– LOWlands, Lowlands, LOWlands Low!

* 2 *

He gives us bread as hard as brass,
– LOWlands, Lowlands, LOWlands Low!
Our junk’s as salt as Balaam’s ass.
– LOWlands, Lowlands, LOWlands Low!

* 3 *

The monkey’s rigged in the sijer’s clo’es,
– LOWlands, Lowlands, LOWlands Low!
Where he gottem from God ‘lone knows.
– LOWlands, Lowlands, LOWlands Low!

* 4 *

We’ll haul ’em high an’ let ’em dry,
– LOWlands, Lowlands, LOWlands Low!
We’ll rtice ’em up into de sky.
– LOWlands, Lowlands, LOWlands Low!

* 5 *

Lowland, me boys, an’ up she goes,
– LOWlands, Lowlands, LOWlands Low!
Git changed, me boys, to her shore-goin’ clo’es.
– LOWlands, Lowlands, LOWlands Low!

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Stormalong, Lads, Stormy