Mudcat Café message #3714746 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #157373   Message #3714746
Posted By: Lighter
06-Jun-15 - 03:46 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Chanteys in the R.W. Gordon papers
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Chanteys in the R.W. Gordon papers
WHISKEY JOHNNY.

(Topsail Halliard)

Oh whiskey is the life of man,
(Chorus) Whiskey, Johnny,
Oh whiskey is the life of man,
(Chorus) Whiskey for my Johnny.

[Similarly:]

Whiskey here and whiskey there....

It's whiskey almost everywhere....

Whiskey made me pawn my clothes....

Whiskey got me a broken nose....

Whiskey killed my sister Sue....

It's killin' me and killin' you....

I'll drink whiskey when I can....

I'll drink it from an old tin can....

I thought I heard the old man say....

He'll give us whiskey this very day....


My note: Chanteys for long hoists (like this and "Ranzo" and "Blow the Man Down") may have come closer to being standardized because they had to kept going for a long while. It would have been equally true for capstan songs.