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Lyr Req: Won't You Help Me to Raise 'Em

GUEST,treaties 17 Feb 01 - 07:54 AM
Sorcha 17 Feb 01 - 10:43 AM
Jeri 17 Feb 01 - 11:00 AM
Sorcha 17 Feb 01 - 11:02 AM
GUEST,treaties 17 Feb 01 - 06:56 PM
Barry Finn 18 Feb 01 - 01:16 PM
GUEST,Tops' Bill 26 Nov 15 - 07:36 AM
maeve 27 Nov 15 - 07:23 AM
Joe Offer 27 Nov 15 - 01:49 PM
Jeri 27 Nov 15 - 02:49 PM
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Subject: Wont You Help Me to Raise 'Em
From: GUEST,treaties
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 07:54 AM

I would be gratefull if anyone could provide the words as sung by the Johnson Girls. The first verse and chorus are whirling round in my head and im driving my husband mad singing them over and over


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Subject: Lyr Add: WON'T YOU HELP ME TO RAISE 'EM
From: Sorcha
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 10:43 AM

I don't know if they are exactly the same, as the Johnson Girls site did not display lyrics, but here they are by the Menhaden Chantey Singers:


WON'T YOU HELP ME TO RAISE 'EM

L:* Won't you help me to raise 'em boys
C: Hey, hey, honey
L:Won't you help me to raise 'em boys
C: Hey, hey honey
L:Won't you help me to raise 'em boys
C: See you when the sun goes down
L: Oh the weight's on the captain's boat
C: Hey, hey, honey
L: Oh the weight's on the captain's boat
C: Hey, hey, honey
L: Oh the weight's on the captain's boat
C: See you when the sun goes down

*L : sung by the leader
C: sung by the crew

Some very interesting info on this page, and a Johnson Girls squib about the song on this page.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wont You Help Me to Raise 'Em
From: Jeri
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 11:00 AM

There's some more verses, but I don't know where my CD is at the moment, so they may not be accurate/complete.

I got a long, tall, yella gal...

You know her name is Emmalina...

She'll be waitin' on the dockside...

Barry Finn sings this. Where he, Barry?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wont You Help Me to Raise 'Em
From: Sorcha
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 11:02 AM

Folk Legacy sells the Menhaden CD, too! Our Own Sandy Paton!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wont You Help Me to Raise 'Em
From: GUEST,treaties
Date: 17 Feb 01 - 06:56 PM

Thanks so much Sorcha and Jeri. The words give me the basis of a chantey to knock them dead when I sing it for The Shellback Chorus. This is an ad hoc collection of chantey lovers who used to go to U.K. Maritime events and sing themselves hoarse doing everyone elses choruses but, since Easter 2000 now get booked at those same festivals. With only about one hours practice we then knock them dead with the wall of sound we produce. Thanks again


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wont You Help Me to Raise 'Em
From: Barry Finn
Date: 18 Feb 01 - 01:16 PM

Some more of the verses you may hear the

Johnson Girls sing:

I know she'll never leave me, boys
We're waiting on the donkey man

Barry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Won't You Help Me to Raise 'Em
From: GUEST,Tops' Bill
Date: 26 Nov 15 - 07:36 AM

L:* Won't you help me to raise 'em boys      C: Hey, hey, honey
L: Won't you help me to raise 'em boys       C: Hey, hey honey
L: Won't you help me to raise 'em and I'll . C: See you when the sun goes down


Oh the weight is on the mate's boat.             C: Hey,hey ,honey
Oh the weight is on the mate's boat.             C: Hey, hey, honey
Oh the weight is on the mate's boat and I'll    C: See you when the sun goes down

L: Oh the weight's on the captain's boat             C: Hey, hey, honey
L: Oh the weight's on the captain's boat             C: Hey, hey, honey
L: Oh the weight's on the captain's boat and I'll. C: See you when the sun goes down


We're waiting on the donkey man.   C: Hey, hey, honey
We're waiting on the donkey man.   C: Hey, hey, honey
We're waiting on the donkey man and I'll    C: See you when the sun goes down

Oh the weight is on the donkyman.               C: Hey, hey, honey
Oh the weight is on the donkyman.               C: Hey, hey, honey
Oh the weight is on the donkyman and I'll    C: See you when the sun goes down

I got a long tall yellow gal.                   C: Hey, hey, honey
I got a long tall yellow gal.                   C: Hey, hey, honey
I got a long tall yellow gal and I'll          C: See you when the sun goes down


I got a girl in Georga boys.          C: Hey, hey, honey
Her name is Alvolina boys.i         C: Hey, hey, honeY
Her name is Alvolina and I'll       C: See you when the sun goes down

She'll be waitin' on the dockside...
She'll be waitin' on the dockside...
She'll be waitin' on the dockside and I'll    C: See you when the sun goes down


We're waiting on the donkey man
We're waiting on the donkey man
We're waiting on the donkey man and I'll    C: See you when the sun goes down


Oh the crew are gonna leave ya cap'm               C: Hey, hey, honey
Oh the crew are gonna leave ya cap'm.             C: Hey, hey, honey
Oh, the crew are gonna leave ya cap'm and I'll   C: See you when the sun goes down
I
next pay day cap'm.                                  C: Hey, hey, honey
next pay day cap'm.                                  C: Hey, hey, honey
We'll leave ya next pay day cap'm and I'll C: See you when the sun goes down

Oh won't you help me to raise em now.               C: Hey, hey, honey
Oh won't you help me to raise em now.               C: Hey, hey, honey
Oh won't you help me to raise em now and I'll    C: See you when the sun goes down

* "L" is sung by the leader; "C" is sung by the crew.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Won't You Help Me to Raise 'Em
From: maeve
Date: 27 Nov 15 - 07:23 AM

This is an old request, but since Guest Tops' Bill took the time to carefully write out the arrangement he/she has, I'll add this.

Gordon Bok and The January Men and Then Some sing this different version from Northern Neck Chantey Singers of VA., and lyrics are on Gordon's site. In this link, lyrics can be seen by scrolling halfway down. Help Me to Raise 'Em (Herrings Bay album).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Won't You Help Me to Raise 'Em
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Nov 15 - 01:49 PM

Here's the Bok version, from http://www.timberheadmusic.com/disc/HerringsBay.htm. Better to have lyrics posted here, than to have a dead link five years from now:

Help Me to Raise 'Em

Traditional United States

I head this first from the Menhaden Chanteymen of Beaufort, N.C. with whom I once had the pleasure of singing in Norfolk, VA. This is a different version, from the Northern Neck Chantey Singers of VA.

The ship sends two motorized net-boats out, with crew, to surround the fish with the net, the captain running one, the mate running the other. When they've closed the purse, they haul the fish up to the surface by hand with some help from the donkey engine on the main boat. Slow, hard work, some days.

 

January Men and Then Some

 

Will you help me to raise 'em boys,

Oh honey

Will you help me to raise 'em boys,

Oh honey

Will you help me to raise 'em boys,

see her when the sun goes down

All the weights on the mate boat

 

I got a long tall yellow gal

 

Her name is Evalina, boys

 

All the weight's on the captain boat

 

All the weight's on the donkey man

 

 


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Won't You Help Me to Raise 'Em
From: Jeri
Date: 27 Nov 15 - 02:49 PM

I've always thought her name was "Emmalina".


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