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VxPoem ID: 26785

Category:
society_culture

Posted: February 7th. 2007 2:19:11 AM

Views: 1287

The Frisco Ship

by Ladykelshan

Age Group: Adult



Oh our ship she lay by Frisco Bay,
To me way, hay, oh i o,
Oh our ship she lay by Frisco Bay,
A long time ago.

Our smart Yankee clipper lay out in the bay,
To me way, hay, oh i o,
All waiting a wind for to get underway,
A long time ago.

We sailed from Frisco in a full rigged ship,
To me way, hay, oh i o,
We sailed from Frisco in a full rigged ship,
A long time ago.

Her masts was silver, her yards was gold,
To me way, hay, oh i o,
Her masts was silver, her yards was gold,
A long time ago.

Bound for New York with a cargo gold,
To me way, hay, oh i o,
Bound South round the Horn through the ice and the cold,
A long time ago.

If ever I sets me feet on the shore,
To me way, hay, oh i o,
I'll become the owner of a little run store,
A long time ago.

If ever I gets me feet on the land,
To me way, hay, oh i o,
I'll become some young ladies fancy man,
A long time ago.

Oh it's a long time and a very long time,
To me way, hay, oh i o,
It's a very long time since I wrote this rhyme,
A long time ago.

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Information on "Blow The Man Down"/and song
Barry Taylor

Information Lyrics
Blow the Man Down originated in the Western Ocean sailing ships. The tune could have originated with German emigrants, but it is more likely derived from an African-American song Knock a Man Down. Blow the Man Down was originally a halyard shanty. A variant of this is The Black Ball Line (with a more positive view of the Blackball Line as well) .
Western Ocean Law was Rule with a Fist. "Blow" refers to knocking a man down with fist, belaying pin or capstan bar. Chief Mates in Western Ocean ships were known as "blowers, " second mates as "strikers" and third mates as "greasers."

There are countless versions of Blow the Man Down. The one here is from the Burl Ives Songbook and tells of the Blackball Line. The Black Ball Line was founded by a group of Quakers in 1818. It was the first line to take passengers on a regular basis, sailing from New York, Boston and Philadelphia on the first and sixteenth of each month. The Blackball flag was a crimson swallow-tail flag with a black ball.

The ships were famous for their fast passage and excellent seamanship. However, they were also famed for their fighting mates and the brutal treatment of seamen. (Western Ocean seamen were called "Packet Rats") . Many ships bore the name "bloodboat." Most of the seamen hailed from New York or were Liverpool-Irish.

By 1880 the sailing ships were being replaced by steamers and the packets entered other trades or were sold.

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Blow The Man Down..

Come all ye young fellows that follow the sea,
to my way haye, blow the man down,
And pray pay attention and listen to me,
Give me some time to blow the man down.

I'm a deep water sailor just in from Hong Kong,
to my way haye, blow the man down,
if you'll give me some grog, I'll sing you a song,
Give me some time to blow the man down.

'Twas on a Black Baller I first served my time,
to my way haye, blow the man down,
And on that Black Baller I wasted my prime,
Give me some time to blow the man down.

'Tis when a Black Baller's preparing for sea
to my way haye, blow the man down,
You'd split your sides laughing at the sights that you see.
Give me some time to blow the man down.

With the tinkers and tailors and soljers and all
to my way haye, blow the man down,
That ship for prime seaman on board a Black Ball.
Give me some time to blow the man down.

'Tis when a Black Baller is clear of the land,
to my way haye, blow the man down,
Our Boatswain then gives us the word of command
Give me some time to blow the man down.

"Lay aft, " is the cry, "to the break of the Poop!
to my way haye, blow the man down,
Or I'll help you along with the toe of my boot!"
Give me some time to blow the man down.

'Tis larboard and starboard on the deck you will sprawl,
to my way haye, blow the man down,
For "Kicking Jack" Williams commands the Black Ball.
Give me some time to blow the man down.

Pay attention to order, now you one and all,
to my way haye, blow the man down,
For right there above you flies the Black Ball.
Give me some time to blow the man down.




Author's Notes: Traditional - As sung by Holdstock & Murphy on San Francisco Shanties and Sea Songs of California's Gold Rush

Web sites for Sea Shanties or Chanteys:
http://www.geocities.com/captcutlass/Tune.html
http://shanty.rendance.org/lyrics/showlyric.php/sally
Related Links

The Contemplator's Microencyclopedia: Sea Shanties
Life at sea in the age of sail
Mystic Seaport
Marine Art Information Center
National Maritime Historical Society


Information From Shanties from the Seven Seas
Lyrics From The Burl Ives Song Book
See Bibliography for full information.


Folk Music Pages | Songs by Country
Child Ballads | Songs of the Sea | Turlough O'Carolan


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