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Fish in the Sea


This was a capstan shanty. According to Stan Hugill,
this shanty probably originated as a Scottish fisherman's song.
It was also popular with Gloucester fishermen in the American Northeast.
Hugill also collected a version in Devonshire, and it was known in Canada.
Americans evidently sang the song to a Scottish tune, and Whall (a Scotsman),
in Sea Songs and Shanties, gives it a different tune from the usual Scottish air.
In addition Whall adds that it was also sung to the tune of Blow the Man Down.
Below is a classic Canadian lyrical version. Sailors would take turns with verses,
adding a new fish lyric each time, for as long it was necessary to complete the work.

Music by - Nils Brown, Michiel Schrey, Sean Dagher


Lyrics

Come all you young sailor men, listen to me
I'll sing you a song of the fish in the sea:

[Chorus]
And it's windy weather, boys, stormy weather, boys
When the wind blows, we're all together, boys;
Blow ye winds westerly, blow ye winds, blow
Jolly sou'wester, boys, steady she goes


Up jumps the eel with his slippery tail
Climbs up aloft and reefs the topsail

[Chorus]
And it's windy weather, boys, stormy weather, boys
When the wind blows, we're all together, boys;
Blow ye winds westerly, blow ye winds, blow
Jolly sou'wester, boys, steady she goes


Then up jumps the shark with his nine rows of teeth
Saying, "You eat the dough boys, and I'll eat the beef!"

[Chorus]
And it's windy weather, boys, stormy weather, boys
When the wind blows, we're all together, boys;
Blow ye winds westerly, blow ye winds, blow
Jolly sou'wester, boys, steady she goes


Up jumps the lobster with his heavy claws,
Bites the main boom right off by the jaws!

[Chorus]
And it's windy weather, boys, stormy weather, boys
When the wind blows, we're all together, boys;
Blow ye winds westerly, blow ye winds, blow
Jolly sou'wester, boys, steady she goes


Up jumps the halibut, lies flat on the deck
He says, 'Mister Captain, don't step on my neck!'

[Chorus]
And it's windy weather, boys, stormy weather, boys
When the wind blows, we're all together, boys;
Blow ye winds westerly, blow ye winds, blow
Jolly sou'wester, boys, steady she goes


Up jumps the herring, the king of the sea,
Saying, 'All other fishes, now you follow me!'

[Chorus]
And it's windy weather, boys, stormy weather, boys
When the wind blows, we're all together, boys;
Blow ye winds westerly, blow ye winds, blow
Jolly sou'wester, boys, steady she goes


Up jumps the codfish with his chuckle-head,
He runs out up forward and throws out the lead!

[Chorus]
And it's windy weather, boys, stormy weather, boys
When the wind blows, we're all together, boys;
Blow ye winds westerly, blow ye winds, blow
Jolly sou'wester, boys, steady she goes


Up jumps the whale, the largest of all
"If you want any wind, well, I'll blow ye a squall!"

[Chorus]
And it's windy weather, boys, stormy weather, boys
When the wind blows, we're all together, boys;
Blow ye winds westerly, blow ye winds, blow
Jolly sou'wester, boys, steady she goes

Windy weather boys, stormy weather, boys
When the wind blows we're all together, boys
Blow ye winds westerly, blow ye winds, blow
Jolly sou'wester, boys, steady she goes.




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