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Hullabaloo Belay


The true origins of this popular shanty seem to be lost.
It was used back in the 1950's by Burl Ives and many others.
One source attributes it to a Taylor Harris in 1925, and
another references it back farther to a song book in 1915.
Seems more likely to have been around much earlier than that.

Music by - Exmouth Shanty Men


Lyrics

Me mother kept a boarding house,
Hullabaloo belay
Hullabaloo bela belay.
And all the boarders were out to make,
Hullabaloo belay.

There was a young fellow named Shallo Brown,
Hullabaloo belay
Hullabaloo bela belay.
Followed me mother all over the town,
Hullabaloo belay.

One day when me father was in the "Crown,"
Hullabaloo belay
Hullabaloo bela belay.
Me mother ran off with Shallo Brown,
Hullabaloo belay.

Me father said to me, "Me boy"
Hullabaloo belay
Hullabaloo bela belay.
To which I quickly made reply,
Hullabaloo belay.

Me father slowly pined away,
Hullabaloo belay
Hullabaloo bela belay.
Me mother came back the very next day.
Hullabaloo belay.



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