Song Book
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Like Chinese Whispers, the words to these songs have changed through time. There is generally no definitive set of words for any shanty. These are the versions preferred by the Whalers.
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A
 
 
 
Aboard a Man O'War
According to the Act 
Alabama John Cherokee
Around me brave boys
Around the Bay of Mexico
A Roving  
Away Haul Away
   
B
   
Banks of the Sacramento
Barrett's Privateers  
Being a Pirate
Billy Riley 
Blood Red Roses 
Blow Boys Blow
Blow the Man Down 
Bold Riley  
Boney was a Warrior
Boston Harbour 
Botany Bay
Bread and Butter to Me
Bridport Ladies
Bring 'em Down 
Bully in the Alley 
Bye Bye My Roseanna
C
   
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Cape Cod Girls
Capstan Bar
Chicken on a Raft 
Clear away the Track
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Comrades Farewell 
Cornish Farewell Shanty
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D
   
150 Days Out From Vancouver
Dead Horse Shanty 
Diesel and Shale
Dogger Bank 
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Donkey Riding 
Down by the dockyard wall
Down Trinidad
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Drunken Sailor 
E
   
Ellan Vannin
Essequibo River 
 
F
   
Farewell Shanty
Fiddler's Green
Fire Marengo 
G
   
General Taylor
Get along down Buddy
Goodbye Fare Thee Well
Grey Funnel Line
H
   
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Hanging Johnny
Hard on the Beach Oar
Haul Away Boys, Haul Away
Haul Away Joe
Haul Boys Haul
Haul 'er Away (Sally Racket)
Haul on the Bowline
Haul that haulyard
Heave and Haul Away
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Heave Away Me Johnnies
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Heaven's A Bar
Herzogin Cecile
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Home Boys Home
Huckleberry Huntin
 
I
     
Icy Acres
I'll Go and List for a Sailor
 
J
   

John Come Tell Us

John Kanakanaka
Johnson Girls
Johnny come down to Hilo
Jolly Roger
   
K
   
L
   
La Rochelle
Leave Her Johnny, Leave Her
Le Capitaine de San Malo
Le Port de Tacoma
Lee Fore Brace
Let's head for home me boys
Light the Light Love
Liverpool Girls
Lowlands
   
M
   
Marching Inland
Mister Stormalong
Mollymauk
Mother Carey
N
   
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Nancy
Nelsonís Blood
Noah's Ark Shanty
Northwest Passage
O
   
Old Maui
Old Moke Pickin' On The Banjo
Once a Sailor
One More Day
One More Pull Boy
Our Gallant Ship
 
P
   
Packet Ship
Paddy Lay Back
Pay Me The Money Down
Pique la Baleine
Pleasant and Delightful
Pull Down Below
 
Q
   
R
   
Randy Dandy Oh!
Ratcliffe Highway
Rattle them winches
Reuben Ranzo
Rio Grande
Rise Me Up From Down Below
Roll Alabama Roll
Roll Down
Roll the Cotton Down
Roll the Old Chariot Along
Roll the Woodpile Down
Roller Bowler
Rolling Down the River
Rosabella
Roseanna
Round the Corner Sally
Row Bullies Row
Row On, Row On
Running Down to Cuba
S
   
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Sail Away Ladies
The Sailor Loves His Bottle
Sailor's Farewell Hymn
Sailor's Prayer
Sally Brown
Sammy
Santyana
Saucy Anna
Saucy Sailor
Serafina
Shallow Brown
Shantyman
Shallow Brown
Shantyman
Shiny Oh
Shoals of Herring
Skipper Jan Rebeck
South Australia
Spanish Ladies
Stormalong John
Stormy Weather Boys
Strike the Bell
Sugar in the Hold
 
T
   
The Black Ball Line
The Captain's Lady
The Coast of High Barbary
The Diamond
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The Dreadnought
The Eddystone Light
The Last Shanty
The Lifeboat Girl
The Mary Rose Is
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The Oxfam Man
The Sail Boat Malarkey
The Sailor Loves His Bottle-O
The Ship's Good-Bye
The Shout
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The Smacksman
The Wind It Can Blow
Three Score and Ten
Tiddy High Oh!
Time Ashore is Over
Tom's Gone to Hilo
Towrope Girls
   
U V
   
W
   
When the boat comes in
Whip Jamboree
Whisky Johnny
Windy Old Weather
Wild Goose Shanty
Won't You Go My Way?
 
X
   
Y
   
Yankee John Stormalong
Yarmouth Town
Yella Girls
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Z
   
   
 
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