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Sailors' Songs and Sea Shanties
"Most of my misspent youth was spent as a sailor in the US Navy. Sailors have always had their own songs - work songs, songs to pass the lonely hours at sea, and songs to boast about their deeds at sea. I hope you enjoy this quiz about their music."
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"I have gold, and I have land/ And I have a daughter fair for to give at my command/ If you'll sink them in that lonely, lonesome water/ If you'll sink them in that lonesome sea." What is the name of this song about a cruel sea captain that dates back to the 16th century?
The Golden Vanity
Bring 'Em Down
The Cruel Ship's Captain
Blood Red Roses
"In Amsterdam there lived a maid, mark well what I do say/ In Amsterdam there lived a maid, she was always pinching the sailors' trade." What is the name of this rather bawdy song that tells the story of a sailor who meets up with a Dutch girl?
I'll Go No More A-Roving
The Lowlands Low
Quare Bungle Rye
"The cold coast of Greenland is barren and bare/No seed time nor harvest is ever known there/And birds here sing sweetly on mountain and dale/But there's no bird in Greenland to sing to the whale." Can you name this Scottish song that dates from the 1850s?
Farewell to Tarwathie
The Greenland Whale Fisheries
Off to Sea Once More
"From Liverpool to Frisco a-roving I went/To stay in that country it was my intent/But girls and strong whisky like other damn fools/I soon was transported back to Liverpool." This song is sometimes called "The Liverpool Judies." What is it better known as?
Row, Bullies, Row
Haul on the Bowline
Leave Her, Johnny
"Shave his belly with a rusty razor/Shave his belly with a rusty razor/Shave his belly with a rusty razor/Early in the morning!" What is the name of this song, one of the most famous of all sailor's ditties?
Around the Corner, Sally
What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor?
The Irish Rover
"As I walked down through Chatham Street, a fair maid I did meet/She asked if I would see her home, she lived in Bleeker Street." What is the name of this song that tells how a poor sailor is robbed by a lady of questionable virtue?
Home, Boys, Home
New York Girls
"It oft times has been told how the British seamen bold/Could trounce the tars of France so neat and handy-o/They never met their match til the Yankees did them catch/Oh, the Yankee boys at fighting are the dandy-o!" What is the name of this song about a battle between two British and American warships?
The Chesapeake and the Shannon
The Battle of Lake Erie
The Coast of High Barbary
The Constitution and the Guerriere
"Farewell to you, my own true love/I am going far away/I am bound for California/But I know that I'll return some day." What is the name of this song, a sailor's farewell to his sweetheart?
The Leaving of Liverpool
The Holy Ground
Mary, I'm Far From the Land
"We were homeward bound one night on the deep/Swinging in my hammock I fell asleep/I dreamed a dream and I thought it true . . ." Can you name this song about a brave sailor who gave his life in the line of duty?
Lady Franklin's Lament
The Bay of Biscay
"On a trim Black Ball liner I first served my time. . ." Can you name this song about the harsh conditions the sailors had to endure on board the ships of one famous shipping company?
Blow Ye WInds
The Crew of the Essex
Blow the Man Down
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Compiled Jun 28 12