MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
There She Goes
Morris Houlihan NFLD 1 Tape 5A Track 3
Pouch Cove Audio:
Shanty? Musical notation available

Leach (speaks): All right.

Now there she goes with the wind right off
Crowded with canvas below and aloft
The ringtail hoist to the mizzen peak
And a rattling breeze makes the old ship shake

Chorus:
To me right fol-de-dee
Fol-di-dee
Right to me leera
Me right fol-de-dee

The old man came up in his morning gown
He looked to windward he looked all around
He looked to looard and he looked aloft
Saying square those yards both fore and aft

Chorus:
To me right fol-de-dee
Fol-di-dee
Right to me leera
Me right fol-de-dee

Then down below then he did crawl
For his steward so loud did bawl
Saying, "Give me a dram that'll make me cough
For there's far better weather down below than up aloft."

Chorus:
To me right fol-de-dee
Fol-di-dee
Right to me leera
Me right fol-de-dee

Now us poor sailors on the deck must stand
The wind and the water blowing o'er each hand
Not a drink or dram can we get at all
But it's darn your souls on every call

Chorus:
To me right fol-de-dee
Fol-di-dee
Right to me leera
Me right fol-de-dee

Now there's one more wish that I do crave
That our old skipper may never get a grave
May he be drowned on some foreign shore
Where the sharks will have his body and the devil have his soul

Chorus:
To me right fol-de-dee
Fol-di-dee
Right to me leera
Me right fol-de-dee


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Text notes: The singer describes life aboard the ship and curses the skipper.

Tune notes: This sprightly, major key, account of a sailing ship elides each verse with a refrain to the vocables: to me right fol-de-dee...

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