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General Taylor (Traditional halyard shanty)
See also: General Taylor (Arranged by Great Big Sea)

General Taylor gained the day,
Walk him along, John, carry him along;
General Taylor gained the day,
Carry him to his burying ground.

To me way, hey, hey, Stormy,
Walk him along, John, carry him along;
Way, hey, hey, Stormy,
Carry him to his burying ground.

I wish I was old Stormy's son,
Walk him along, John, carry him along;
I'd build me a ship of ten thousand ton,
Carry him to his burying ground.

To me way, hey, hey, Stormy,
Walk him along, John, carry him along;
Way, hey, hey, Stormy,
Carry him to his burying ground.

I'd load her down with ale and rum,
Walk him along, John, carry him along;
And every shellback should have some,
Carry him to his burying ground.

To me way, hey, hey, Stormy,
Walk him along, John, carry him along;
Way, hey, hey, Stormy,
Carry him to his burying ground.

We dug his grave with a silver spade,
Walk him along, John, carry him along;
His shroud of the finest silk was made,
Carry him to his burying ground.

To me way, hey, hey, Stormy,
Walk him along, John, carry him along;
Way, hey, hey, Stormy,
Carry him to his burying ground.

We lowered him down on a golden chain,
Walk him along, John, carry him along;
On every link, we carved his name,
Carry him to his burying ground.

To me way, hey, hey, Stormy,
Walk him along, John, carry him along;
Way, hey, hey, Stormy,
Carry him to his burying ground.

General Taylor died long ago,
Walk him along, John, carry him along;
He's gone to where the winds don't blow,
Carry him to his burying ground.

To me way, hey, hey, Stormy,
Walk him along, John, carry him along;
Way, hey, hey, Stormy,
Carry him to his burying ground.

####.... Traditional halyard or pulling shanty ....####
Note: During the Mexican-American War, General Zachary Taylor [November 24, 1784 - July 9, 1850] defeated Santa Ana at the Battle of Monterrey, Mexico, September 21-23, 1846. Also known as "Old Rough and Ready", he was the 12th President of the United States (1849-1850), and the second President to die in office.

From Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
Shellback - ¹ old or veteran sailor; ² person who has crossed the equator by sea and has been initiated in a traditional ceremony.



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