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Lighter Lyr Req: Santy Anno / Santy Ano / Santy Anna (32) RE: Lyr Req: Santy Anno / Santy Ano / Santy Anna 18 Sep 20


Sung by John M. "Sailor Dad" Hunt (1876-1951) in a folk music program broadcast from the White House, May 17, 1934:

       We’re sailin’ down the river from Liverpool,
                ‘Eave away, Santy Anno!
        Around Cape Horn to Frisco Bay,
                All on the plains of Mexico!

        [Cho.:]        So ‘eave ‘er up and away we’ll go,
                ‘Eave away, Santy Anno!
                ‘Eave ‘er up and away we’ll go,
                All on the plains of Mexico!

        Back in the days of ‘Forty-Nine,…
        Those were the days of the good old times….

        There’s plenty of gold so I’ve been told,…
        On the banks of the Sacrament-ho [sic]….

        Santy Anno was a good old man,…
        Till he got into war with your Uncle Sam….        

        They fought all night, and they fought all day…        
        On the bloody [fields?] of Monterrey….

        When Zachary Taylor won the day,….
        He made poor Santy run away….

        General Scott and Taylor too,…
        They made Santy Anno meet his Waterloo….

        When I leave [this ship?] I’ll settle down,…
        And marry a girl named Sally Brown.

Source: Richmond Times Dispatch Sunday Magazine (July 12, 1936), p. 3-4.

Hunt commented, “We had a feller leadin’ the shanty by name McCarthy; he put a lot o’ stuff in it that didn’t belong there.”


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