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Mick Pearce (MCP) Origins: DOM PEDRO (54* d) RE: Origins: DOM PEDRO 18 Sep 19

Ok, vwml media server seems to be ok again and I could finally access the Sharp ms version of the Don Pedro. I'm having some trouble with Sharp's writing on the last line of the song, so perhaps someone could have a look at that.

The verses are mostly similar to the Colcord version, but with 1 different (unrelated) verse in each version. The tune is a variant Derry Down tune, though Sharp notes it in 3/4 compared to the 6/8 notation in the Colcord version.


Capstan Chantey

O it's of a flash packet, a packet of fame
She belonged to New York and Don Pedro's her name.
She's rammed up and jammed up on deck and below,
We're bound for Shanghai in the Don Ped-e-ro,
Der-ry down, down, down de-ry down

2/Now that pilot came down and these words he did say
Get ready all hands for the ship's going away
We braced up our yards and gave her the slip
And its down New York Harbour this packet did rip.

3/O the man at the wheel's name, I think it was Ned,
The chief mate went aft and asked how does she head
He looked at the compass and made this reply
South East and by East is as high as she lie.

4/Now we are sailing down off Cape Cod
Where many is the flash yankee packet has trod
When the mist it breezed up and the water did boil
And at 8 bells at night we clewed up our Main Royal

5/Now we are sailors down unto the line
We catched all the rain water we had plenty of time
We filled up all our casks as you now plainly see
And we shaped our course for the Port Of Shanghai

6/Now we're arrived in the port of Shanghai
We'll all go ashore strange faces to see
We'll lay up on the yards and furl all the sails
Excepting the spanker that hangs in the brails

7/Now we've discharged our cargo we are now taking in
We're expecting to go back to New York again
And when we get there so jolly we'll be
We'll be 20? jolly sports?(men?) all the way from Shanghai.

Source: Cecil Sharp mss, image file SHA-01-3079.jpg

X: 1
T:Don Pedro (Capstan Chantey)
S:Sharp MSS - from Harry Perrey aboard the St.Paul, July 22, 1915
O:On board ship en-route from UK to USA
D/D/|D A A| "^(a)"A G [AE]|F G F|E2
w: O it's of a flash pack-et, a pack-et of fame
F/F/|D D D|F E F|G F G|A2
w: She be-longed to New York and Don Pe-dro's her name.
A|A G A|c c c|d c A|c2
w: She's rammed up and jammed up on deck and be-low,
c|d c d|A F [AF]|F G F|"^(b)"E2
w: We're bound for Shang-hai in the Don Ped-e-ro,
C/C/|D3|A3|F D E|D2|]
w: Der-ry down, down, down de-ry down
"^(a)"A A G|"^(b)"E2 E/E/|"^(b)"E2 D/C/|
w:* * *|* * *|* * *|

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