“The Hog-eye Man”, this version comes from “Songs Of Sea Labour” by F.T. Bullen & W.F. Arnold (1914) (1st ed: p 19). The usual place of use for this shanty was the capstan. Also, in Bullen’s book this song, is settled in the chapter: “Windlass and Capstan Chanteys”. Some of the shanties in Bullen’s book are well described, unfortunately not in this case. The only we can get in this case is the description of five shanties together. One of those songs is “The Hog-eye Man” this what says Bullen’s description: “The next five Chanties have very little to distinguish them. The tunes are good but not super-excellent and from the great similarity between them…”.
The source of The Hog-eye Man – Bullen
The music: “Songs Of Sea Labour” by F.T. Bullen & W.F. Arnold (1914) (1st ed: p 19).
The lyrics: “Songs Of Sea Labour” by F.T. Bullen & W.F. Arnold (1914) (1st ed: p 19).
Mentioned in: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed: p 270).
The Record of this sea shanty
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The musical notation
The full lyrics
Hog-eye Man – Bullen
Oh! de hog-eye man is the man for me,
he wuk all day on ‘de big – le – vee Oh!
– Hog-eye! Pig-eye!
– Row de boat a shore fer de hog-eye O!
– an all she wants is de hog-eye man.