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The greatest collection of original and reworked traditional sea-shanties in modern times!

"Holed up for a week in a small wooden cabin with nothing but whiskey in our glasses, four microphones in front of us, and hordes of mosquitoes outside singing along, we belted these damn songs over and over until we had them just right, and the result is the album we've always wanted to make." - The Dreadnoughts

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Track Name: Rosibella
Farewell ye ladies of London
Farewell ye ladies of Brixton
We hate to leave, but we're leaving
To board the Rosibella

One Monday morning in the month of May
We all heard the old man say
Come me lads now for six months’ pay
To board the Rosibella

She's a deep water ship with a deep water crew
She's a deep water ship with a deep water crew
We could hug the shore, but damned if we do
Aboard the Rosibella

Around Cape Horn where the dolphins play
Around Cape Horn where the dolphins play
Around Cape Horn is a hell of a way
Aboard the Rosibella

Pretty Nancy is my love true
Oh Nancy yeah she's my love true
She could handle this whole bully crew, love
Aboard the Rosibella
Track Name: Fire Marengo
Lift him up and carry him along
Put him down where he belong

Ease him down and let him lay,
Screw him in and there he'll stay.

Stow him in his hole below,
Say he must and then he'll go.

When I get back to Liverpool Town,
I'll pass a line to little Sally Brown.

I'll haul her high and I'll haul her low,
I'll bust her blocks and I'll make her go.

Screw the cotton, screw him down.
Let's get the hell away from Shiloh Town.
Track Name: Pique La Baleine
Pour retrouver ma douce amie
Pour retrouver ma douce amie

Pique la baleine, joli baleinier
Pique la baleine, je veux naviguer.

Aux mille mers j'ai navigué.

Des mers du nord aux mers du sud.

Dans les grands fonds, elle m'espérait.

Tous deux ensemble on a pleuré.

En couple à elle je me suis couché
Track Name: Roll Northumbria
Twas late 65 at the old Wallsea Yard
Where she was commissioned to haul the black tar
We built the northumbria there on the bar
Roll Northumbria Roll

For when the Egyptians closed the red sea
The call came on high from the Brtitish Navy
To build a royal monster right down on the quay
Roll Northumbria Roll, me boys
Roll Northumbria Roll

Carpathia, Vengeance, Celestial Call
she was the tanker to outsize 'em all
From the banks of the Mersey to the Port of Hulal
Roll Northumbria Roll

And fair Princess Anne threw a bottle of wine
And watched as the giant set down in the Tyne
What lay ahead could no mortal divine
Roll Northumbria Roll, me boys
Roll Northumbria Roll

So come all you good workmen beware the command
That comes down on high from the desk of a man
Who's never held steel or torch in his hand
Roll Northumbria Roll

For atop a wild breaker the cracks in her frame
spilled 'er black guts all across the wild main
And she limped away through an ocean of flame
Roll Northumbria Roll, me boys
Roll Northumbria Roll
Track Name: Joli Rouge
From France we get the Brandy
from Martinique the rum
sweet red cabernet
from Italy does come
but the fairest of ‘em all me boys
the one to beat the day
is made from apples
up the mighty Saguenay

Cho: follow me lads
‘cause this 'aint no grog or ale
one pint down you'll be swingin’ in the gale
five pints bully, you’ll be shakin' in your shoes
we're half-seas over on the Joli Rouge

so turn your sails over
and bring her hard to port
find that little star and fly
straight into the north
the wild sun upon your back
the wind a-blowing free
you're rolling down the river boys
to old Chicoutimi

she's called the dreadnought cider
she's proper and she's fine
and when the day is over how I wish that she were mine
or in the dark of winter, or on a summer's eve
one hand giveth while the other doth receive

So you can have a Mangers
and pour it over ice
or you can have a Strongbow
if it's sadness that you like
or join us up the river
and we'll set your heart aglow
and how you'll feel when the real
cider starts to flow
Track Name: Lifeboat Man
I'm off to see me darlin' Jen
She's hanging around the slip again

She heaved herself into the sea
Screamin' come on boys, come and rescue me

They launched the boat to save our Jen
It was full of handsome lifeboat men

They pulled our Jen out from the wet
And laid her right down on the deck

Then the lifeboat sailed from North to South
And the crew all gave her mouth to mouth

And they puffed and preened for to win her hand
But she went below with a midshipman

She said my lad now you saved my life
You can take me home for to be your wife
Track Name: Shallow Brown
I'm going for to leave you
I'm going for to leave you

I'm bound away for St George's
I'm bound away for St George's

shipped on board a yankee whaler
shipped on board a yankee whaler

My master’s gonna sell me
My master’s gonna sell me

Sell me for a Yankee dollar
Sell me for a Yankee dollar

I'm going for to leave you
I'm going for to leave you
Track Name: Whup! Jamboree
The pilot he looks out ahead
The hands on the cane heavin of the lead
And the old man roars to wake the dead
Come and get your oats me son

Cho: Whup! Jamboree, Whup! Jamboree
Oh ya long-tailed black mare comin’ up behind
Whup! Jamboree, Whup! Jamboree
a-come and get your oats my son

Oh, now we pass the Lizard lights
And the Start, me boys, will heave in sight.
Soon we're abreast of the Isle of Wight,
Come and get your oats my son

Now when we get to the black wall dock
Those pretty young girls come out in flocks
With short-legged drawers and long-tailed frocks
Come and get your oats me son

And now the bar-ship is in sight
We're picking on up to the old Rock Light
Gonna get the ol' stick taped tonight
Come and get your oats me son

Well, then we'll walk down limelight way
And with all the girls will spend our pay
We'll not see more 'til another day
Come and get your oats me son

And soon we'll see old Holyhead
No more salt beef, no salt bread
I catch my Jinny and it's off to bed
Come and get your oats me son
Track Name: Paddy Lay Back
'Twas a cold an' dreary mornin' in December, (December)
An' all of me money it was spent (it was spent),
Where it went to Lord I can't remember (remember),
So down to the shippin' office went, (went, went),

Cho: Paddy lay back! Take in yer slack!
Take a turn around the capstan, heave a pawl!
All around ship’s stations boys, be handy
For we’re bound for Valaparisa ‘round the horn!

That day there wuz a great demand for sailors (for sailors),
For the Colonies and for 'Frisco and for France (an' for France),
So I shipped aboard a Limey barque the Hotspur (the Hotspur),
An' got paralytic drunk on my advance ('vance, 'vance),

'Twas on the quarterdeck where first I saw 'em,
Such an ugly bunch I'd niver seen before;
For the captain had shipped a crew of Belgians
An' it made me poor ol' heart feel sick an' sore.

I axed the mate a-which a-watch wuz mine-O,
Sez he, 'I'II soon pick out a-which is which';
An' he blowed me down an' kicked me hard a-stern-O,
Callin' me a lousy, dirty son-o'-a-bitch.

But Jimmy the rat he knew a thing or two, sir,
An' soon he'd shipped me outward bound again;
On a Limey to the Chinchas for guano, boys,
An' soon was I a-roarin' this refrain.

So there wuz I once more again at sea, boys,
The same ol' ruddy business over again;
Oh, stamp the caps'n round an' make some noise, boys,
And I'll be here a singin' this ould refrain.
Track Name: Dear Old Stan
from the streets of old Victoria to fair old Mabou town
from Portage to Spadina listen closely for the sound
a voice still echoes softly through the rivers and the plains
so don't you dare stop listening and don't forget his name

cho: Arise and be merry
and sing out while you can
The world will never see the likes
of dear old Stan

The Yanks have Woodie Guthrie, The British Ralph McTell
The Celts have got the Corries, aye and Ronnie Drew as well
Adge Cuter sings of cider out in the west country
but I am a Canadian, and so I say to thee

When I was just a nipper bouncing on my mummy’s knee
‘twas Harris and the Mare me boys she sweetly sang to me
And as I closed my eyes beneath the Northern moon so pale
I dreamed I was the Captain standing on the Nightingale

At the Wolf and Hound Vancouver, just for a pint or two
These blokes were singing Old Maui from the whales’ point of view
I thought of old Stan Rogers and walked straight out the bar
And started up the Dreadnoughts, and here we bloody are
Track Name: Northwest Passage
Westward from the Davis Strait 'tis there 'twas said to lie
The sea route to the Orient for which so many died;
Seeking gold and glory, leaving broken weathered bones
And a long-forgotten lonely cairn of stones.
Cho: Ah, for just one time I would take the Northwest Passage
To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea;
Tracing one warm line through a land so wild and savage
And make a Northwest Passage to the sea.
Three centuries thereafter, I take passage overland
In the footsteps of brave Kelso, where his "sea of flowers" began
Watching cities rise before me, then behind me sink again
This tardiest explorer, driving hard across the plain.
And through the night, behind the wheel, the mileage clicking west
I think upon Mackenzie, David Thompson and the rest
Who cracked the mountain ramparts and did show a path for me
To race the roaring Fraser to the sea.
How then am I so different from the first men through this way?
Like them, I left a settled life, I threw it all away.
To seek a Northwest Passage at the call of many men
To find there but the road back home again.
Track Name: Sacramento
O, around Cape Horn we are bound to go
Around Cape Horn through the sleet and snow,

Oh, around Cape Horn in the month o' May,
Oh, around Cape Horn is a very long way.

them Spanish gals ain't got no combs,
They comb their locks with tunny-fish bones.

We're the bullies for to kick her through,
Roll down the hill with a hullabaloo.

We'll crack it on, on a big skiyoot,
Ol' Bully Jim is a bloody big brute.
Track Name: Shiloh
Oh Shiloh, Here' mud in your eye
Get one long look fore You say your goodbyes

We're rolling this shanty block out on the water
We've robbed your sons blind and we've loved all your daughters

So let her drift out where she lay
The river will take us away
with lodestar above aye and trammels in tow
we are hauling away from Shiloh

Now the girls of the landing They're plump and they're pretty
And the old Mississippi Has beauties a'many
There's parsons and lawmen with plenty of money
To store in the hold of this old flying jenny

So Shiloh now dry out your tears
For we gave ya tales you’ll be tellin’ for years
there's river rats, junkers and sailormen too
but we are the boys who can pull her straight through
Track Name: Starbuck's Complaint
While on this ship, my days are spent
In anxious care, oft discontent.
No social circles here are found;
Few friends of mirth all here abound.
I think of home, sweet home, denied,
With the one I love near by my side.

See hoisted high the flag of love,
By heavenly breezes waved.
Here, sailors, stop, and orders hear.
Obey and you'll be saved.

When will kind fortune set me free,
That I can quit the boistrous sea?
I love this ship, I love the fight
I love to roar into the night
Oh home, sweet home, so long denied,
With the one I love near by my side.

So rum and war shall be my share
As we set sail for who knows where
and God help the wretch who finds his flight
Caught in this weaker vessel's sights
Now home sweet home, shall soon be ours
For a song calls out between the stars

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