Three songs

by Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, Baron Berners (1883 - 1950)

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1. The Rio Grande (Capstan Shanty) [sung text checked 1 time]

Where are you going to, my pretty maid?
O away Rio;
We are bound to the Rio Grande.
O away Rio.
And may I go with you my pretty maid?
O away Rio;
Have you a sweetheart my pretty maid?
O away Rio;
I'm afraid you're a bad one, kind sir, she replied.
O away Rio.

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Researcher for this text: Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor]

2. Theodore, or The Pirate King [sung text checked 1 time]

They sacked the ships of London town,
They burned the ships of Rye and Cadiz,
They burned full many a city down;
A bloody trade the pirate's is.
But Theodore,
Though dripping gore,
Was always courteous to the ladies

Authorship

First published in Broad Sheet, July 1905

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

3. A long, long time ago (Halliard's Shanty) [sung text checked 1 time]

A long, long time, and a long time ago,
To me way hay, yoho;
A long, long time, and a long time ago,
A long time ago.

A smart Yankee packet lay out in the bay,
To me way hay, yoho;
A waiting for a fair wind to get under way,
A long time ago.

With all her poor sailors all sick and sore,
To me way hay, yoho;
For they'd drunk all their lime-juice, and could get no more,
A long time ago.

With all her poor sailors all sick and sad,
To me way hay, yoho;
For they'd drunk all their lime-juice, and could get no more,
A long time ago.

She was waiting for a fair wind to get under way,
To me way hay, yoho;
If she hasn't had a fair wind she's waiting there still,
A long time ago.

Authorship

Researcher for this text: Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor]