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Lyr Req: Strike Up the Band, Here Comes a Sailor

03 Sep 00 - 05:53 PM (#290421)
Subject: Sea Chanty Help
From: GUEST,Dick

I think some of the lyrics are:

Strike up the band boys, here comes a sailor. Hat in his hand boys, straight off a whaler.

Can you help me with the title and lyrics?

Thanks,


04 Sep 00 - 02:55 AM (#290621)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sea Chanty Help
From: The Shambles

Anyone??


04 Sep 00 - 02:47 PM (#290875)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sea Chanty Help
From: Malcolm Douglas

Well, it's certainly not a sea shanty, even by the loosest definition of the term!  As I suspected from the words you gave, it seems to be a turn-of-the-century American commercial composition; there's a copy of sheet music at The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music,  with the following information:

"Strike Up the Band, Here Comes a Sailor".
Words by Andrew B. Sterling.  Music by Chas. B. Ward.
New York: Chas. B. Ward Music Publishing Co., 42 West 28th St., 1900

Malcolm


03 Oct 02 - 11:20 AM (#796186)
Subject: Lyr Add: STRIKE UP THE BAND, HERE COMES A SAILOR
From: masato sakurai

Two copies of the same editon (New York, New York: Chas. B. Ward, 1900):

STRIKE UP THE BAND, HERE COMES A SAILOR from Historic American Sheet Music: 1850-1920

STRIKE UP THE BAND, HERE COMES A SAILOR from the Levy Collection

"STRIKE UP THE BAND" (Here Comes A Sailor)
Words by Andrew B. Sterling. Music by Chas. B. Ward.

1. Jack is the King of the dark blue sea,
Jack is as brave as the brave can be,
He's the boy, the girls adore,
Oh, what fun when Jack's ashore,
For he is the fellow can make things hum,
Oh how they sigh when they see him come,
Loaded down with gold so bright,
Welcome home Jack, you're all right!

CHORUS.
Strike uo the band here comes a sailor,
Cash in his hand just off a whaler,
Stand in a row, don't let him go,
Jack's a cinch, but ev'ry inch s sailor.

2. Jack is on his ship o'er the sea has skimmed,
Jack on the sea has the sails well trimmed,
But when Jack is on the land,
He gets trimmed to beat the band,
For he has a sweetheart in ev'ry port,
Love to a sailor is rare old sport,
When he's broke it's Jack goodbys,
When he's flush you'll hear them cry.

~Masato


03 Oct 02 - 11:44 AM (#796205)
Subject: Tune Add: STRIKE UP THE BAND (HERE COMES A SAILOR)
From: MMario



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04 Oct 02 - 08:18 AM (#796748)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sea Chanty Help
From: Mr Red

That's what I love about the Mudcat - it can be this specific and infuriatingly nebulous when the information is not in our collective knowledgebase.


04 Oct 02 - 07:00 PM (#797108)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sea Chanty Help
From: Noreen

A pretty large collective knowledgebase, wouldn't you say, Mr Red? :0)


25 May 18 - 09:53 PM (#3927155)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Strike Up the Band, Here Comes a Sailor
From: Lighter

The version I heard fifty years ago (chorus only) went,

"Stand in a row. Grab all his dough...."

"Cinch," for the curious, used also to mean "someone easily fooled or swindled," a "sure thing" for cadgers or crooks.