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Thread #25908   Message #307475
Posted By: radriano
28-Sep-00 - 03:07 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Pull Down Below (chantey)
Subject: Lyr Add: PULL DOWN BELOW (chantey)
Here's a shanty I just learned from a Stan Hugill recording titled A Salty Fore Topman with the shanty group Stormalong John as his shanty chorus.

I'm curious about the first three verses with their references to "saddle", "poke", and "moke." These verses seem to happen on land which is not that unusual but I can't think of another shanty using these words, which sound, as least on the surface, like cowboy terms. Any ideas on this?


Pull Down Below
A Salty Fore Topman, Stan Hugill with Stormalong John
halyard and towing shanty


Oh, I went to church and I went to chapel
Chorus: Pull down below
I went to church and I went to chapel
Chorus: Pull down below

Full Chorus:
Oh, Hielan' laddie, pull down below
Hielan' laddie, bonnie laddie, pull down below

On the road I found a saddle
I found a saddle and an empty poke

I found a saddle and an empty poke
But where the hell was the bleedin' moke

The moke is gone and I'll go to
I'll sail away to Backaloo

Oh, hoist 'er up and away we'll go
Hoist 'er up from down below

Oh, give 'er sheet and let 'er go
We're outward bound to Backalow


Regards to all,
Radriano