Haul Away Boys

Warning – I feel like singing this morning.

This morning the sun is shining and it looks like a breeze is lifting from the south-west.  Time to hoist your sails.  Hoist the topsail, man the capstan – can’t you men pull?  Can’t you men sing?  Shanty man strike a song.  Pull with a will boys and we’ll be outward bound.

There is nothing like singing a good sea shanty to start the day.  It be me favorite kind o music – true music of the yer workin’ Jack Tar.  There be nothing like a crew pullin’ at the ropes and singin’ with gusto.

I hear the call of the sea.  Of journeys to far a way lands.  Of treasures.  Of adventure.  And from deep in my belly a song burst through my lips and shatters the quite of dawn.

Yes – my favorite music is sea shanties from the golden age of sail.  Sadly I would have been a sea-sick sailor but you can’t beat the music of the ship.

I’ll be posting more about my love of the working songs of the sailor but here are a couple of links if you want – need to know more now.

This is an okay summary – I’ll do a better description later.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_shanty

This site has some good stuff:

http://www.thepirateking.com/music/info_shanty.htm

And here are the lyric to one of my favorite pumping songs – great bass notes to hit on this one:

http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/sea-shanty/Shallow_Brown.htm

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I work in the high tech world doing software release engineering Then I got prostate cancer Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
This entry was posted in Shanties and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.