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The Plains of Mexico


This may have started out as a capstan shanty, but was also used as a
windlass shanty. As iron ships with pumps took the place of wooden ships,
it was adapted for pump work. As with other shanties, there are many
variations of this tune. One of which was called 'Santy Anna'.
Some speculate that the tune does not concern the Mexican General
Santa Ana, but Sainte Anne, the patron saint of Breton seamen.

Music by - Exmouth Shanty Men


Lyrics

Oh, Santy Anna gained the day
Aweigh, Santy Anna
Oh, Santy Anna gained the day
All on the plains of Mexico

Oh, Mexico, Oh Mexico
Aweigh, Santy Anna
Oh, Mexico, where I must go
All on the plains of Mexico

Them pretty girls I do adore
Aweigh, Santy Anna
Their shining eyes and long black hair
All on the plains of Mexico

Oh, why do them pretty girls love me so?
Aweigh, Santy Anna
Because I don't tell them all I know
All on the plains of Mexico

When I was a young man in my prime
Aweigh, Santy Anna
I danced them pretty girls two at a time
All on the plains of Mexico

Them Liverpool girls ain't got no comb
Aweigh, Santy Anna
They comb their hair with a kipper backbone
All on the plains of Mexico

The old man likes whiskey, the maids like rum
Aweigh, Santy Anna
The crew likes both but they can't get none
All on the plains of Mexico

Oh, times is hard and the wage is low
Aweigh, Santy Anna
It's time for us to roll and go
All on the plains of Mexico



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