MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Sailor's Alphabet
Martin Reddigan NFLD 1 Tape 6A Track 5
Calvert Audio:
Alphabet song

A is the anchor of our jolly ship
B is the Bowsprit for part of our ship
C is the capstan our sailors goes round
D is the David our jolly boat song

E is the ensign of red white and blue
F is the fo'c's'le that dwells our ship's crew
G is the gangway our mate takes his stand
H is the hawser that never went strand

I is the iron that binds our ship round
J is the jib boom our hand gear is swung
K is the keelson that runs fore and aft
L is the lanyard our backstays are fast

M is the mainmast that makes our ship roll
N is the nasty old cook with his stove
O is the orders that we must obey
P is the pump that cause sailors to swear

Q is the quadrant the sun for to take
R is the rigging that never will break
S is the starboard side of our good ship
T is the topsail that never will rip

U is the ugly old captain of us
V is the varnish we rubs on our mast
W for wheel where we all spend our time
The other three letters I can't bring in rhyme

So merry so merry so merry are we
No mortals alive are happier than we
To me high derry low derry i-derry ding dong
Give a sailor his grog and there's nothing goes wrong


Notes

Sources: Mercer 173; Peacock 885; Roud 159

History:

Text notes: Occupation specific alphabet songs abound.

Tune notes: Most alphabet songs are in 6/8 metre since it fits the rhythm of the basic phrase "A is for...."

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