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VxPoem ID: 26784

Category:
society_culture

Posted: February 7th. 2007 1:45:46 AM

Views: 1221

Strike the Bell.. (and some other sea shanties)

by Ladykelshan

Age Group: Adult



Strike the Bell, Second Mate
Up on the poop deck and walking about,
There is the second mate so steady and so stout;
What he is a-thinkin' of, he doesn't know himself
And we wish that he would hurry up and strike, strike the bell!

Chorus:
Strike the bell, second mate, let us go below;
Look well to windward you can see it's gonna blow;
Look at the glass, you can see that it has fell,
And we wish that you would hurry up and strike, strike the bell.

Down on the main deck and workin' at the pumps,
There is the larboard watch longing for their bunks;
Lookin' out to windward, you can see a great swell,
And we wish that you would hurry up and strike, strike the bell.

Chorus

Forward on the fo'c'sl head and keepin' sharp lookout,
Yonder John is standin', ready fer to shout,
"Lights' a-burnin' bright sir and everything is well, "
And he's wishin' that the second mate would strike, strike the bell.

Chorus

Aft at the wheelhouse old Anderson stands,
Graspin' at the helm with his frostbitten hands,
Lookin' at the compass, the course is clear as hell
And he's wishin' that the second mate would strike, strike the bell.

Chorus

Aft in his cabin our gallant captain stands,
Lookin' out to windward with a spyglass in his hand,
What he is a-thinkin' of we all know very well,
He's thinkin' more of shortenin' sail than strikin' the bell.

Chorus

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Roll the Old Chariot
Traditional - Lyrics from Shanties from the Seven Seas, by Stan Hugill

Oh, a drop of Nelson's blood wouldn't do us any harm,
Oh, a drop of Nelson's blood wouldn't do us any harm,
Oh, a drop of Nelson's blood wouldn't do us any harm,
An' we'll all hang on behind!

So we'll ro-o-oll the old chariot along!
An' we'll roll the golden chariot along!
So we'll ro-o-oll the old chariot along!
An' we'll all hang on behind!

Oh, a plate of Irish stew wouldn't do us any harm,
Oh, a plate of Irish stew wouldn't do us any harm,
Oh, a plate of Irish stew wouldn't do us any harm,
An' we'll all hang on behind!

So we'll ro-o-oll the old chariot along!
An' we'll roll the golden chariot along!
So we'll ro-o-oll the old chariot along!
An' we'll all hang on behind!

Oh, a nice fat cook wouldn't do us any harm.

Oh, a roll in the clover wouldn't do us any harm.

Oh, a long spell in gaol wouldn't do us any harm.

Oh, a nice watch below wouldn't do us any harm.

Oh, a night with the gals wouldn't do us any harm.

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A Long Time Ago


A long, long time and a long time ago To me way, hey, O- hio

A long, long time and a long time ago A long time ago

A smart Yankee packet lay out in the bay To me way, hey, O- hio

A waitin for a fair wind to get under way A long time ago



With all her poor sailors all sick and all sad To me way, hey, O- hio

Oh they'd drunk all their whiskey no more could be had A long time ago



She was waiting for a fair wind to get underway To me way, hey, O- hio

If she hasn't a fair wind she's laying there still A long time ago




Author's Notes: Part of the Dogwatch Nautical Band Site at http://www.well.com/user/cwj/dogwatch/.

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" A long time ago", courtesy of www.sailorsongs.com


Author's Location: Washington, Washington DC
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