Rogue’s Gallery: The Art of the Siren, #14
Song: Teddy Thompson: Sally Brown (2:54 minutes)
from Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys, ANTI- 2006.
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Snappy redhead: Photobucket, copyright pending, probably public domain.
Explanatory liner notes by ANTI-:
Sally Brown, along with Ranzo Ray and Old Stormalong, is one of the mysterious people that are featured in numerous chanteys. Chanteys involving Sally Brown always have versions with obscene lyrics. Was she a real person — we’ll never know. This West Indian capstan chantey probably dates from the 1830s and never lost its popularity.
Alternate take by Carson Sage and the Black Riders (2:43 minutes):
Image from: J. Ross Browne: Etchings of a Whaling Cruise, 1846
1. I shipped on board of a Liverpool liner.
Way-hey, we roll and go —
And we rolled all night and we rolled all day
And I spent all my money on the Sally Brown.
2. Sally Brown was a nice young lady.
3. Her mother doesn’t like a tarry sailor.
4. She wants her to marry a one-legged captain.
5. I shipped on board of a Liverpool liner.
6. Sally Brown was a nice young lady.
Extra verse rendered by Teddy Thompson:
Sally Brown is a bright mulatto.
She drinks dark rum and she chews tobacco.
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