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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

What shall we do with the drunken sailor?


I heard this song a few days ago. (Weigh heigh!) It stuck to my mind. (And up she rises!) I find myself singing in most unprecedented times & places. (Early in the morning!)

I found that Drunken Sailor is a famous traditional sea shanty. According to Wikipedia entry this song's air was taken from a traditional Irish tune and such songs were the only ones allowed in the Royal Navy (probably in early 19th century). The word "Early" in the verse "Early in the morning" pronounced "Ear-lie"...

It goes like that:

Weigh heigh and up she rises x 3
Ear-lie in the morning

What shal we do with the drunken sailor? x 3
Ear-lie in the morning

Now, let's see "What shall we do with the drunken sailor?":

  • Shave his belly with a rusty razor
  • Put him in a long boat 'till he's sober
  • Put him in bed with the captain's daughter (!?)

It became one of my favourite sea/pirate shanties, after "Yo ho ho, and a bottle of rum". I recommend you to sing it loud. Clap your hands while singing. You'll find it is very relaxing. See? :)

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