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Randy Dandy O


This was a capstan or pump shanty. The lyrics on record below date back to at
least 1913. It's been said that they are a very cleaned up version of the actual
lyrics used by some of the old chantymen. As with many shanties, the verses used
at sea in the 18th and 19th century varied with time, location, and the skill of
the chantyman. Some were deemed to be just too vulgar for print back then.

Music by - Exmouth Shanty Men


Lyrics

Now we are ready to head for the Horn,
Way, ay, roll an' go!
Our boots an' our clothes boys are all in the pawn,
Timme rollickin' randy dandy O!

Heave a pawl, oh, heave away,
Way, ay, roll an' go!
The anchor's on board an' the cable's all stored,
Timme rollickin' randy dandy O!

Soon we'll be warping her out through the locks,
Way, ay, roll an' go!
Where the pretty young gals all come down in their flocks,
Timme rollickin' randy dandy O!

Heave a pawl, oh, heave away,
Way, ay, roll an' go!
The anchor's on board an' the cable's all stored,
Timme rollickin' randy dandy O!

Come breast the bars, bullies, an' heave her away,
Way, ay, roll an' go!
Soon we'll be rollin' her 'way down the Bay,
Timme rollickin' randy dandy O!

Sing goodbye to Sally an' goodbye to Sue,
Way, ay, roll an' go!
For we are the boy-os who can kick 'er through.
Timme rollickin' randy dandy O!

Oh, man the stout caps'n an' heave with a will,
Way, ay, roll an' go!
Soon we'll be drivin' her 'way down the hill.
Timme rollickin' randy dandy O!

Heave away, bullies, ye parish-rigged bums,
Way, ay, roll an' go!
Take yer hands from yer pockets and don't suck yer thumbs.
Timme rollickin' randy dandy O!

Roust 'er up, bullies, the wind's drawin' free,
Way, ay, roll an' go!
Let's get the glad-rags on an' drive 'er to sea.
Timme rollickin' randy dandy O!

We're outward bound for Vallipo Bay,
Way, ay, roll an' go!
Get crackin', m' lads, 'tis a hell o' a way!
Timme rollickin' randy dandy O!



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