#00614
Big Bow Wow (Jim Payne & Fergus O'Byrne) video
See also: Big Bow Wow (The Punters)
And also: There She Goes (MacEdward Leach)
#1564: YouTube video by jack wagon
©2013 ~ Used with permission ~

With a big bow wow,
Tow row row,
Fol dee rol dee ride all day.

From St John's Harbour we set sail,
The wind was a-blowin' the devil of a gale;
All our ring tails set and our bafflin' is in peak,
And our dolphin striker is ploughin' up the deep.

With a big bow wow,
Tow row row,
Fol dee rol dee ride all day.

Our captain comes up from down below,
He looks aloft and he looks alow;
He looks alow and he looks aloft,
Sayin' coil those ropes, boys, fore and aft.

With a big bow wow,
Tow row row,
Fol dee rol dee ride all day.

Then back to his cabin he quickly crawls,
Unto his steward he loudly calls;
Go bring me a glass that will make me cough,
For it's better weather here than it is up aloft.

With a big bow wow,
Tow row row,
Fol dee rol dee ride all day.

It's we poor sailors standin' on the deck,
With the blasted rain pourin' down our necks;
Not a drop of grog will he to us afford,
But he damns our eyes with every other word.

With a big bow wow,
Tow row row,
Fol dee rol dee ride all day.

Now there's one thing we sailors crave,
For him to find a watery grave;
We'll shove him down in the dark deep hole,
Where the sharks will have his body, and the devil take his soul.

With a big bow wow,
Tow row row,
Fol dee rol dee ride all day.

With a big bow wow,
Tow row row,
Fol dee rol dee ride all day.

####.... With a chorus borrowed from an influential music-hall song of the mid-nineteenth century, this is a fo'c's'le shanty or forebitter popular between the years 1860 and 1870, first printed by Captain W B Whall, Master Mariner [1837-1925?] Sea Songs And Shanties (Brown, Son and Ferguson, Glasgow, 1910) ....####
Arranged and recorded by Jim Payne of Notre Dame Bay, NL (Wave Over Wave: Old & New Songs Of Atllantic Canada / Jim Payne & Fergus O'Byrne, trk#9, 1995, SingSong Inc, St John's, NL, 1997 ECMA Roots/Traditional Artist Nominee).

See more songs by Jim Payne.

The YouTube video above features Jim Payne with Fergus O'Byrne at the Stone Jug in Carbonear, NL, March 12, 2016.

A variant was also arranged and recorded as Big Bow Wow by The Punters (Fisherman's Blues, trk#14, Avondale Music, 2003).


See more songs by The Punters.

A variant was collected by MacEdward Leach in 1951 as There She Goes from the singing of Morris Houlihan [1885-?] of Flatrock, NL.

A fo'c's'le (forecastle) shanty or forebitter was usually sung by resting sailors gathered about the forebitts, a structure near the bow where crew quarters and anchor chains were located.



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