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Jack Was Every Inch A Sailor (Anchors Aweigh) chords, videos
See also: Jack Was Every Inch A Sailor (Sharecroppers)

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               #2250: YouTube video by NLTreasure ©2013
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Now, 'twas twenty-five or thirty years since Jack first saw the light,
He came into this world of woe one dark and stormy night;
He was born on board his father's ship as she was lying to,
'Bout twenty-five or thirty miles southeast of Baccalieu.

Jack was every inch a sailor,
Five and twenty years a whaler;
Jack was every inch a sailor,
He was born upon the bright blue sea.

When Jack grew up to be a man he went to Labrador,
He fished in Indian Harbour where his father fished before;
On his returning in the fog he met a heavy gale,
And Jack was swept into the sea and swallowed by a whale.

Jack was every inch a sailor,
Five and twenty years a whaler;
Jack was every inch a sailor,
He was born upon the bright blue sea.

The whale went straight for Baffin Bay, 'bout ninety knots an hour,
And every time he'd blow a spray he'd send it in a shower,
Oh, now, says Jack unto himself, I'll see what he's about,
He got the whale all by the tail and turned him inside out.

Jack was every inch a sailor,
Five and twenty years a whaler;
Jack was every inch a sailor,
He was born upon the bright blue sea.

Jack was every inch a sailor,
Five and twenty years a whaler;
Jack was every inch a sailor,
He was born upon the bright blue sea.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of part of a theatrical parody of Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore composed in the USA in the 1880s ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by Anchors Aweigh of Rocky Harbour, NL (When Sailors Sing, trk#10, 2002, Independent, produced at WE Music Studio, Cormack, NL).

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The Youtube video above features a variant recorded by Randy Dyke (Memories Of Home, trk#13, 2000 CD, Independent).

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The YouTube video below features a variant recorded by Dick Nolan (I'se The B'y That Catches The Fish, trk#12, 1966, Arc Sound Ltd., Toronto, Ontario); and (Dick Nolan's Greatest Hits Of Newfoundland, trk#6, 1980, Impact Music Promotions, Inc., Mississauga, Ontario); and (Pretty Girls Of Newfoundland, trk#15, 2002, Heritage Music, Scarborough, Ontario); and (Newfoundland Songbook, trk#21, 2008, Unidisk Music Inc., Poitne-Claire, Quebec).

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             #1113: YouTube video by oldirishladdie ©2009
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Variants were also recorded by Omar Blondahl (1956, 1959, 1997), John White (1966, 1973), Dorymen (1974), Steve Searl (1985), Bobby Evans (1996), Celtic Connection (2000, 2009), Lloyd Bartlett (2005).

Published in Gerald S. Doyle's Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland: Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers (Second edition, p.13, 1940; Third edition, p.33, 1955).

Also published on p.4 of Songs Of Newfoundland, a complimentary booklet of lyrics to twenty-one songs distributed by the Bennett Brewing Co. Ltd., of St. John's, NL, with the cooperation of the Gerald S. Doyle Song Book from which the words were obtained.

Edith Fowke writes in the Encyclopedia Of Music In Canada that this song seems to have been adapted from a New York music-hall song Every Inch A Sailor. The U.S. folklorist Phillips Barry noted that it is a localized version of the words (but not the tune) of 'the original burlesque of Pinafore, as sung by Miss Venie Clancy and printed in White's Complete Music Album, Boston, 1884,' and that ballad singer 'Frank Crumit made a gramophone record of it which was popular' (1928, Victor 21668). It was published by Greenleaf and Mansfield in Ballads And Sea Songs of Newfoundland (Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1933) and recorded on Folk Songs Of Newfoundland (Folkways FW-6931). Richard Johnston has written a choral arrangement (Waterloo 1959).

The YouTube video below features a recording of a variant by Omar Blondahl (16 Songs Of Newfoundland, trk#4, 1959, published by Banff-Rodeo, Ontario, and distributed by London Records Of Canada).


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             #1476: YouTube video by oldirishladdie ©2010
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The YouTube video below features an excellent cover performance by Raymond Crooke of Melbourne, Australia.


            #1447: YouTube video by raymondcrooke ©2010
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Intro: [A] [A7] [D]

Now, 'twas twenty-five or thirty years since Jack first saw the [A] light,
He came into this world of woe one dark and stormy [D] night;
He was born on board his father's ship as she was lying [A] to,
'Bout twenty-five or thirty miles south [A7] east of Baca- [D] lieu.

Jack was every inch a [A] sailor,
Five and twenty years a [D] whaler;
Jack was every inch a [A] sailor,
He was [A7] born upon the bright blue [D] sea.

When Jack grew up to be a man he went to Labra- [A] dor,
He fished in Indian Harbour where his father fished be- [D] fore;
On his returning in the fog he met a heavy [A] gale,
And Jack was swept into the sea and [A7] swallowed by a [D] whale.

Jack was every inch a [A] sailor,
Five and twenty years a [D] whaler;
Jack was every inch a [A] sailor,
He was [A7] born upon the bright blue [D] sea.

The whale went straight for Baffln Bay 'bout ninety knots an [A] hour,
And every time he'd blow a spray he'd send it in a [D] shower;
Oh, now, says Jack unto himself, I'll see what he's [A] about,
He got the whale all by the tail and [A7] turned him inside [D] out.

Jack was every inch a [A] sailor,
Five and twenty years a [D] whaler;
Jack was every inch a [A] sailor,
He was [A7] born upon the bright blue [D] sea.

Jack was every inch a [A] sailor,
Five and twenty years a [D] whaler;
Jack was every inch a [A] sailor,
He was [A7] born upon the bright blue [D] sea.

~ Chords contributed by Bob Dumais ~





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