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Roll Me Hearties


This song is not an old shanty or sea song, but a popular modern-day
sea shanty band tune. Sung today to entertain, it keeps to the basic
shanty lyrical style, and would have made a good working shanty.
Performances by musical groups like this one are helping to keep some
of the old shanties and sea songs alive today with the public.

Music & Lyrics by - The Jolly Rogers


Lyrics

Our ship sailed out from Portsmouth town
Roll me hearties, heave - ho!
She was a gallant ship both fore and aft
Now roll me hearties, heave - ho!
Roll me hearties, heave - ho!

And bring her about with a heave and a ho now
Roll me hearties, heave - ho!

A pirate crew with a captain bold
Roll me hearties, heave - ho!
Seeking ships for silver and gold
Now roll me hearties, heave - ho!
Roll me hearties, heave - ho!

There's a gale a-brewin', so bring her about now
Roll me hearties, heave - ho!

With Captain Thomson at her wheel
Roll me hearties, heave - ho!
We took all ships with shot and steel
Now roll me hearties, heave - ho!
Roll me hearties, heave - ho!

And point her bow into the gale now
Roll me hearties, heave - ho!

We turned for port with gold in store
Roll me hearties, heave - ho!
As we neared the rocks the mainsail tore
Now roll me hearties, heave - ho!
Roll me hearties, heave - ho!

The gale is here, God save us now, boys
Roll me hearties, heave - ho!

"We're lost me boys", the pilot said
Roll me hearties, heave - ho!
"We're goin down, we'll all be dead!"
Now roll me hearties, heave - ho!
Roll me hearties, heave - ho!

With a terrible crash she broke into
Roll me hearties, heave - ho!

Their bones on the bottom, as white as snow
Roll me hearties, heave - ho!
In the embrace of Davy Jones
Now roll me hearties, heave - ho!
Roll me hearties, heave - ho!
That pirate crew all roasts in hell now
Roll me hearties, heave - ho!
Roll me hearties, heave --- ho!





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