Oh! it's up along and down along, and all along the Quay There are five and twenty Sailormen just home and on the spree All afire to spend their money, in a land of milk and honey, They are tired of stormy watches and the tossing of the Sea! There are snug low ceiling'd parlours in the Tavern down the street With their cellars full of liquor and their larders full of meat There are tables white and shining full of sailor folk a-dining There is dancing in the gardens with the wenches trim and neat! There are beds of down for sleeping Oh! the quiet dreamless sleep! With no Bosun's whistle calling, with no watch for one to keep. And to wake to sound of singing, and the convent bells a-ringing Not the tumult of the tempest and the thunder of the deep. Oh! it's up along and down along, and all along the Quay There are five and twenty Sailormen as glum as glum can be They have squandered all their money, and they're tired of milk and honey, They have done with fun and feasting, and they're weary for the Sea! They can hear the Sea a-calling and the fine Lands far away And it's hoist the rusty anchor up and Sail as peep of day There's a stiffish wind a-blowing there's a strongish tide a-flowing So it's put her head to Port-O'-Spain and out across the Bay!
- by Greville E. Matheson ( flourished 1898 ) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875 - 1912), "Five and twenty Sailormen", published 1910 [ voice and piano ], John Church Company [sung text checked 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Garrett Medlock [Guest Editor]
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