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Thread #169408   Message #4094265
Posted By: Steve Gardham
22-Feb-21 - 08:34 AM
Thread Name: Review: Davis & Tozer 50 Sailors Songs or Chanties
Subject: RE: Review: Davis & Tozer 50 Sailors Songs or Chanti
Okay, without delving too deep, almost every page turns up something obviously not from an AB.

Here's his text for 'We're all bound to go' (Heave away, me Johnnies)
Excluding tune and chorus which presumably are genuine.

As I was walking out one day down by the Albert docks
I saw the charming maids so gay, a coming down in flocks.

There was fair Pol and Saucy Sue and merry laughing May,
And Sal and Ann and Bessie true, dressed out in bunting gay.

They all were there to see a ship of note and noble fame,
That was about to make a trip, the Bengal was her name.

The day was fine when she set sail, the wind was blowing free,
But it had freshened to a gale ere we were fair at sea.

We snugged her down and laid her to with reef'd maintops'l set,
It was no joke I say to you, our bunks and clothes were wet.

The gale in fury had increased ere night was fairly come,
And every lubber never ceased to wish himself at home.

It clear'd off fine at break of day, the sails were set again,
The Bengal sped like life away across the raging main.

So gaily let your voices ring my Johnnies heave away,
We're bound to go so better sing than pipe your tears away.

(Poor man's Dibdin!) See what I mean.