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The Fish Of The Sea (Traditional Shanty) MIDI
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Come all you young sailormen, listen to me,
I'll sing you a song of the fish in the sea;
And it's...

Windy weather, boys, stormy weather, boys,
When the wind blows, we're all together, boys;
Blow ye winds westerly, blow ye winds, blow,
Jolly sou'wester, boys, steady she goes.

Up jumps the eel with his slippery tail,
Climbs up aloft and reefs the topsail;
And it's...

Windy weather, boys, stormy weather, boys,
When the wind blows, we're all together, boys;
Blow ye winds westerly, blow ye winds, blow,
Jolly sou'wester, boys, steady she goes.

Then up jumps the shark with his nine rows of teeth,
Saying, "You eat the dough, boys, and I'll eat the beef!"
And it's...

Windy weather, boys, stormy weather, boys,
When the wind blows, we're all together, boys;
Blow ye winds westerly, blow ye winds, blow,
Jolly sou'wester, boys, steady she goes.

Up jumps the lobster with his heavy claws,
Bites the main boom right off by the jaws!
And it's...

Windy weather, boys, stormy weather, boys,
When the wind blows, we're all together, boys;
Blow ye winds westerly, blow ye winds, blow,
Jolly sou'wester, boys, steady she goes.

Up jumps the halibut, lies flat on the deck,
He says, "Mister Captain, don't step on my neck!"
And it's...

Windy weather, boys, stormy weather, boys,
When the wind blows, we're all together, boys;
Blow ye winds westerly, blow ye winds, blow,
Jolly sou'wester, boys, steady she goes.

Up jumps the herring, the king of the sea,
Saying, "All other fishes, now you follow me!"
And it's...

Windy weather, boys, stormy weather, boys,
When the wind blows, we're all together, boys;
Blow ye winds westerly, blow ye winds, blow,
Jolly sou'wester, boys, steady she goes.

Up jumps the codfish with his chucklehead,
He runs out up forward and throws out the lead!
And it's...

Windy weather, boys, stormy weather, boys,
When the wind blows, we're all together, boys;
Blow ye winds westerly, blow ye winds, blow,
Jolly sou'wester, boys, steady she goes.

Up jumps the whale, the largest of all,
"If you want any wind, well, I'll blow ye a squall!"
And it's...

Windy weather, boys, stormy weather, boys,
When the wind blows, we're all together, boys;
Blow ye winds westerly, blow ye winds, blow,
Jolly sou'wester, boys, steady she goes.

Windy weather, boys, stormy weather, boys,
When the wind blows, we're all together, boys;
Blow ye winds westerly, blow ye winds, blow,
Jolly sou'wester, boys, steady she goes.

####.... Author unknown. Late 18th-century English/American forebitter, occasionally used as a shanty. ....####
Note: 'Up jumped the mackerel...' a version of The Fishes' Lamentation, or, Fish of the Sea, in which the different fishes jump aboard. This was an American/English forebitter (sailors' leisure song) also occasionally used as a shanty (sailors' work song) at the pumps and perhaps at the capstan. It was popular from the late eighteenth-century. See The Oxford Book of Sea Songs, editor Roy Palmer (1986), pp.157-158. ~ Captains Courageous Notes on the text by Leonee Ormond [Page 96, line 27], Oxford University Press, 1995.


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