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Thread #54759   Message #848954
Posted By: MMario
17-Dec-02 - 11:34 AM
Thread Name: Songs of the Sailor and Lumberman
Subject: Lyr Add: JOHN DAMERAY
JOHN DAMERAY
(learned at sea (1880's) by Nathaniel Silsbee)
(tune set from his singing by niece, Mrs. George C. Beach)
(Doerflinger:Songs of the Sailor and Lumberman - pp 7-8)



Aloft we all must go-oh,
[John come down the backstay]
In hail and frost and snow-oh,
[John come down the backstay,
John Dameray!]

John Dameray - John come down the backstay
John Dameray - John come down the backstay
John Demeray!
John Dameray - John come down the backstay
John Dameray - John come down the backstay
John Demeray!


My Ma she wrote to me,
"My son, come home from seas"

Got no manay and no clo'es
Am knocking out of doors.

My home I soo will be in,
And then we'll have some gin.

From sea I will keep clear,
And live by selling beer.


Doerflinger refers to this as a "fine deep-water tune".