Interesting Facts about the Yo Heave Ho! – Smith!
“Yeo Heave Ho!” capstan shanty in Stan Hugill classification belonging to the group of shanties with the word “heave”. This version comes from “The Music of The Waters” by Laura Alexandrine Smith (1888) (1st ed p 9). Alexandrine Smith on the occasion of this shanty Alexandrine Smith describes the capstan shanties, she says:
“In the capstan chanties the metre is generally long, and they are of a more pathetic nature than the hauling ones. To those who have heard it as the men run round the capstan, bringing up the anchor from the English mud of a ship outward bound for a two or three years’ trip, perhaps never to return, what can be more sad or touching, although sung with a hearty good-will, than ” Yo, heave ho!”.
I will reconstruct this song as the capstan shanty.
The source of this sea shanty
The music: “The Music of The Waters” by Laura Alexandrine Smith (1888) (1st ed p 9).
The lyrics: “The Music of The Waters” by Laura Alexandrine Smith (1888) (1st ed p 9).
Mentioned in: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 318).
The Record of the Yo Heave Ho! – Smith
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The musical notation
And the full lyrics
Yo Heave Ho! – Smith
Yo, heave ho! Round the capstan go!
Round, men, with a will!
Tramp, and tramp it still!
The anchor must be heaved, The anchor must be heaved.
– Yo, ho ! Yo, ho! Yo, ho! Yo, ho!