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Running Down To Cuba (Traditional Sea Shanty)

To Cuba's coast we are bound, me boys,
'Way, me boys, for Cuba!
To Cuba's coast, now don't you make a noise,
And we're running down to Cuba.

The captain he will trim the sails,
'Way, me boys, for Cuba!
Winging the water over the rails,
And we're running down to Cuba.

Oh my God! How the wind do blow,
'Way, me boys, for Cuba!
Running south from the ice and the snow,
And we're running down to Cuba.

Give me a gal who can dance the 'dango,
'Way, me boys, for Cuba!
Round as a melon and sweet as a mango,
And we're running down to Cuba.

To Cuba's coast we are bound away,
'Way, me boys, for Cuba!
To Cuba's coast at the breaking of the day,
And we're running down to Cuba.

Oh, I've got a gal about nine feet tall,
'Way, me boys, for Cuba!
She sleeps in the kitchen with her feet in the hall,
And we're running down to Cuba.

Oh, I've got a gal, her name is Jane,
'Way, me boys, for Cuba!
You can guess where she gives me a pain,
And we're running down to Cuba.

Load the sugar and homeward go,
'Way, me boys, for Cuba!
Mister Mate, he told me so,
And we're running down to Cuba.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional sea shanty ....####
Note: Considered a protest shanty because it was often sung by a disgruntled crew who would stomp their feet on deck when they felt they were being made to do unnecessary work.


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