Captain Black (we sail for hell)

the Captain sailed the seven seas
haul away, haul away
the Captain sailed the seven seas
his hair hung down to the bugger’s knees
and you can’t squeeze a girl if a girl don’t squeeze
and we sail for hell in the morning

the Captain’s name was Jonny Black
haul away, haul away
the Captain’s name was Jonny Black
and he’d lay his cat across your back
and you can’t tack a ship if the ship won’t tack
and we sail for hell in the morning

he married a girl called Sally Brown
haul away, haul away
he married a girl called Sally Brown
sold her for a bottle and half a crown
and you can’t drown a cat if the cat won’t drown
and we sail for hell in the morning

he bought a pub down by the dock
haul away, haul away
he bought a pub down by the dock
the bugger stays open round the clock
and you cant’ block the way if the way won’t block
and we sail for hell in the morning

when he died he went to hell
haul away, haul away
when he died he went to hell
slept with the devil and his wife as well
and you can’t bell a cat if you ain’t got a bell
and we sail for hell in the morning
meet up with the Captain in the morning

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6 Comments

  1. damommza

     /  November 8, 2012

    IKNEWIT IKNEWIT I KNEWIT!! You said that you had “nothing up my sleeve” then PRESTO..you pulled out a shanty! and a good one at that!!

    (my part)..And we sail to hell in the morning…*

    *clappity-clappity-clap* and a *bravo* 😀 😀

    Reply
    • Thank you 😀 the idea just came to me while I was running my bath, and like most shanties this is all about the structure and rhythm, the actual words aren’t that important 😆

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  2. abikertoo

     /  November 10, 2012

    Yew izz rytun deyum see shaeynteez lykka chayumpeen, iyf teh poam wuzza shyp iyut wud habs ae boen iyun iyuts teef (foeum ayut teh baow) adn AWL saelz wud bee aout adn feulla wynd adn teh shyp wud bee heeylun oeburr iyntew deh wynd maeykkn GUD hedwae!!
    Dassa heyllubba poam, dew sum moar tew!!

    Reply
    • Thank you 😀 With yours and damommza’s comments on “hey ho” I decided to try an unequivocal shanty, I’m glad you like it. It was fun writing it 😀

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  3. Bernard

     /  November 19, 2012

    What can I possibly say but “AARRrrrr!!”. BIGBEN

    Reply
    • AARRrrrr indeed, normally I let the poem dictate it’s own shape, but this was a deliberate attempt to ape an existing style 😀

      Reply

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