Boat, Venice docks

 

What shall we do with a drunken sailor?

Put him in a barrel and set him on fire.

What shall we do with a drunken sailor,

When he’s mutineering?

Heave ho up she rises,

No more booze or cheap surprises;

Heave ho lift him higher,

Up the mast as warning!

O what shall we do with a drunken sailor,

What shall we do with a drunken sailor,

What shall we do with a drunken sailor,

Early in the morning?

3 thoughts on “Sea Shanty

  1. Hey, M. This was the first song I sang to William, my grandson. He is one year old now and, whenever I sing it to him, he stops what he’s doing to listen. I don’t know if it’s the rhythm, the voice… certainly not the words – I’m sure he doesn’t even know what ‘rub his belly with a rusty razor’ means yet.
    I’m thinking of other shanties to sing to him. He should be talking any day now. Maybe he’ll join me in song.
    Thanks for posting.
    WR,
    YF
    j

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    1. Heh! That’s great Jack, nice that the kid is getting such a good education already! 🙂
      Apparently babies respond instantly to rhythm and complex vocal patterns without necessarily having to understand them. It seems it is the antecedent to language, and is something that we are all born with. It’ll be interesting to see what his first words are.
      Thanks for reading.
      WR
      YF
      M

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