#02406
Big Bow Wow (The Punters) videos
See also: Big Bow Wow (Payne and O'Byrne)
And also: There She Goes (MacEdward Leach)
#549: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

From Bay Bulls Harbour we set sail,
The wind was blowing a devil of a gale;
All our ring tails set and our bafflin' is in peak,
And our dolphin striker's ploughing up the deep.

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

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

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

And back to his cabin he quickly crawls,
And unto the steward he loudly bawls;
Go and get me a drink that'll 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;
And not a drop of grog will he to us afford,
And he damns our eyes with every other word.

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

It's just one thing we sailors crave,
For him to find a watery grave;
We'll shove him down in a 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 foc'sle 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) ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by The Punters (Fisherman's Blues, trk#14, Avondale Music, 2003).

See more songs by The Punters.

A variant was arranged and recorded as Big Bow Wow by Jim Payne and Fergus O'Byrne (Wave Over Wave, Old And New Songs Of Atlantic Canada, 1995). ECMA Roots/Traditional Artist Nominee (1997).

See more songs by Jim Payne.

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.

The video below features an excellent guitar performance of a variant titled Boston Harbour by Tony Archibald from Port St Mary on the Isle of Man.


#1944: YouTube video by threelegsoman
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~


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