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bardic bawd 10 Aug 01 - 01:18 PM
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GUEST,Jim P 06 Dec 08 - 11:00 AM
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Subject: lyric search : : The Derelict
From: bardic bawd
Date: 10 Aug 01 - 01:18 PM

Sung at End sing at Pa. Ren. Faire 2000. First chorus ends: Fifteen men on a dead man's chest , Yo, ho, ho and a bottle of rum. Drink and the devil had done for the rest, Yo, ho,ho and a bottle of rum !


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Subject: RE: lyric search : : The Derelict
From: MMario
Date: 10 Aug 01 - 01:20 PM

oh jill? JILL! you there?


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Subject: RE: lyric search : : The Derelict
From: MMario
Date: 10 Aug 01 - 01:22 PM

who sings it? group ensemble or a particular group? I will be seeing several people who "do" PA this weekend. Including a bunch of musicians.


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Subject: RE: lyric search : : The Derelict
From: nutty
Date: 10 Aug 01 - 01:29 PM

It's in the DT under YO HO HO


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Subject: RE: lyric search : : The Derelict
From: masato sakurai
Date: 10 Aug 01 - 02:03 PM

It is quoted in Stevenson's Treasure Islands several times. This song often called "Yo Ho Ho" is sung in an Allison and Walker musical (1901) based on it. There are at least two MIDI sites playing the song. Sorry, I've forgotten where. "Dead Man's Chest," I believe, was originally the name of an island, where 15 men were deserted.


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Subject: Lyr Add: YO HO HO (Allison and Waller)
From: Naemanson
Date: 10 Aug 01 - 02:39 PM

Here is what is in the DT. The actual name of the song is Derelict. I sing it without the verse about the woman. That just doesn't seem to fit IMHO. I introduce this song with the disclaimer that it is a folk song that has been rated Arrrrgh! It is great fun to sing and audiences love to join in on the "Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum" line

YO HO HO
(Allison and Waller)

Fifteen men on a dead man's chest
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum
Drink and the devil had done for the rest
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.
The mate was fixed by the bosun's pike
The bosun brained with a marlinspike
And cookey's throat was marked belike
It had been gripped by fingers ten;
And there they lay, all good dead men
Like break o'day in a boozing ken
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.

Fifteen men of the whole ship's list
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
Dead and be damned and the rest gone whist!
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
The skipper lay with his nob in gore
Where the scullion's axe his cheek had shore
And the scullion he was stabbed times four
And there they lay, and the soggy skies
Dripped down in up-staring eyes
In murk sunset and foul sunrise
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.

Fifteen men of 'em stiff and stark
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
Ten of the crew had the murder mark!
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
'Twas a cutlass swipe or an ounce of lead
Or a yawing hole in a battered head
And the scuppers' glut with a rotting red
And there they lay, aye, damn my eyes
Looking up at paradise
All souls bound just contrawise
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.

Fifteen men of 'em good and true
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
Ev'ry man jack could ha' sailed with Old Pew,
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
There was chest on chest of Spanish gold
With a ton of plate in the middle hold
And the cabins riot of stuff untold,
And they lay there that took the plum
With sightless glare and their lips struck dumb
While we shared all by the rule of thumb,
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!

More was seen through a sternlight screen...
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum
Chartings undoubt where a woman had been
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.
'Twas a flimsy shift on a bunker cot
With a dirk slit sheer through the bosom spot
And the lace stiff dry in a purplish blot
Oh was she wench or some shudderin' maid
That dared the knife and took the blade
By God! she had stuff for a plucky jade
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.

Fifteen men on a dead man's chest
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum
Drink and the devil had done for the rest
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.
We wrapped 'em all in a mains'l tight
With twice ten turns of a hawser's bight
And we heaved 'em over and out of sight,
With a Yo-Heave-Ho! and a fare-you-well
And a sudden plunge in the sullen swell
Ten fathoms deep on the road to hell,
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!

Note: From a 1901 Broadway musical. Inspired by quatrain in Stevenson's Treasure Island. Reportedly, "Dead Man's Chest" was a Caribbean island rendezvous of buccaneers and smugglers. Last verse supplied by JY, corrected by DE, others printed in Songs of the Navy, USNA RG


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Subject: RE: lyric search : : The Derelict
From: MMario
Date: 10 Aug 01 - 02:52 PM

it will be interesting to see if this is actually what they sing...


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Subject: RE: lyric search : : The Derelict
From: Charley Noble
Date: 10 Aug 01 - 03:11 PM

Also known as "The Deadmen's Song" in my source, American Ballads compiled by Charles O'Brien Kennedy, solely attributed to Young Ewing Allison. Great for singing around the campfire as it's burning low.


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Subject: RE: lyric search : : The Derelict
From: GUEST,guest chip2447
Date: 11 Aug 01 - 12:33 AM

There is a midwestern Renfest group known as the Jolly Rogers, out of the Kansas City area that performs said song in which they include the Robert Louis Stevenson lines about the "Bleary eyed pirate far gone on rum".

I don't know how to do a blicky but you can find them at Chivalry.com. There is probably a MP3 of the song and lyrics as well...

chip2447


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Subject: RE: lyric search : : The Derelict (Yo Ho Ho)
From: GUEST,Jim P
Date: 06 Dec 08 - 11:00 AM

I was researching this song and thought that it would be nice to know what the original tune was, and if it bore any relation to the tune I usually associate with it. Well, it does and it doesn't. There's a small book dealing with the poem "The Derelict" and the song "A Piratical Ballad" at The Gutenberg Project here:

The Dead Men's Song

which contains both sheet music and a link to a midi of the original, which had lyrics substantially different from the version we know today. The book is short and an entertaining read to anyone who's enjoyed this poem/song.

To Naemanson, if you're still around, the verse about the woman was a late addition to the poem, and placed in italics as no women were ever mentioned in Treasure Island, which contained the couplet that Allison used as the genesis for the poem. Allison felt, though, that since Billy Bones was talking about events that took place in HIS past, inclusion of a woman would be permissible.

Also surprising, the song does not appear in any opera (or operetta) as is stated nearly everywhere. It was a one-off between the collaborators Allison and Waller, who did indeed write a couple of operettas together. Reading about them in the above book, one is apt to think the obscurity of their work is generally well deserved. Of course with the notable exception of this wonderful song.


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Subject: RE: lyric search : : The Derelict (Yo Ho Ho)
From: GUEST,Jim P
Date: 06 Dec 08 - 11:05 AM

Oh, and I also found this on Google Books:

Treasure Island

Which purports to be the "real" sea shanty that Billy Bones was talking about, but which is surely an invention of the note-writer's acquaintance. Interesting nonetheless.


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Subject: RE: lyric search : : The Derelict (Yo Ho Ho)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 07 Dec 08 - 09:54 AM

Thanks, Jim, for the update.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: lyric search : : The Derelict (Yo Ho Ho)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 08 Dec 08 - 10:58 AM

We therefore made all sail towards the Dead-man's Chest, a rock so called, from its singular shape, which lies about three leagues from the main-land, and nearly a-breast of the bay where we wished to go. This rock, when seen from a distance, appears a flat surface, almost level with the surface of the water; but, on a nearer approach, it assumes a regular shape, which has been compared, by one of the Spanish fathers who first visited the country, to a table with a coffin lying upon it; whence it has its name, in Spanish el Casa di Muerti, which means nothing more than a coffin, but, literally translated, is the Dead-man's chest, its present English name. The idea is gloomy, but the resemblance appeared to me very striking.

--from A Voyage in the West Indies By John Augustine Waller (London: Sir Richard Phillips and Co., 1820)

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САХА DE MUERTOS, or DEAD MAN'S CHEST.—This island is on the South side of Porto Rico, and bears E. ½ S., 36 miles, from Cape Roxo. When made, it appears in the form of a wedge. The North end is high, the centre low, and the South end has a sugar-loaf mountain, which at a distance appears a detached island. The anchorage is on the West side, off the low land, half a mile off shore, in 8 fathoms, in the following bearings:—South-east point of the small island, connected to Саха by a reef above water, S.W.; the only sandy bay S. by E.; the North-west point and Northern peak in one, East. There is no danger on the West side of this island, and off the low land the soundings are regular; but to the Northward of it the water is deeper, and you will have 17 fathoms close to the shore. Off the Southward of the island there is a shoal, which breaks, about half a mile off shore.

--from The American Coast Pilot by Edmund March Blunt (New York: Edmund and George W. Blunt, 1857)


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Subject: RE: lyric search : : The Derelict (Yo Ho Ho)
From: Jack Campin
Date: 08 Dec 08 - 11:52 AM

Not visible on Google Earth - that area is a blue blur.

While we're on such matters, anybody seen the full text of the medical journal article "Rectal impalement by pirate ship"?


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Subject: Lyr Add: DERELICT (Young E. Allison, 1901)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 08:00 PM

Copied from The Dead Men's Song: Being the Story of a Poem and a Reminiscent Sketch of its Author Young Ewing Allison by Champion Ingraham Hitchcock (Louisville, KY:—, 1914) at Gutenberg.org.

This has a few words different from the DT (and above version) not the least of which is "the dead man's chest" rather than "a dead man's chest". "The" makes sense if "dead man's chest" designates a particular rock or island, and anyway, that's the way R. L. Stevenson wrote it.


DERELICT: A Reminiscence of "Treasure Island"
Young E. Allison [1901]

Fifteen men on the dead man's chest—
  Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!
Drink and the devil had done for the rest—
  Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!
      (Cap'n Billy Bones his song.)


[1] Fifteen men on the dead man's chest—
  Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!
Drink and the devil had done for the rest—
  Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!
The mate was fixed by the bos'n's pike,
The bos'n brained with a marlinspike
And Cookey's throat was marked belike
    It had been gripped
      By fingers ten;
    And there they lay,
      All good dead men,
Like break-o'-day in a boozing-ken—
  Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!

[2] Fifteen men of a whole ship's list—
  Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!
Dead and bedamned, and the rest gone whist!—
  Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!
The skipper lay with his nob in gore
Where the scullion's axe his cheek had shore—
And the scullion he was stabbed times four.
    And there they lay,
      And the soggy skies
    Dripped all day long
      In up-staring eyes—
At murk sunset and at foul sunrise—
  Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!

[3] Fifteen men of 'em stiff and stark—
  Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!
Ten of the crew had the Murder mark—
  Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!
'Twas a cutlass swipe, or an ounce of lead,
Or a yawing hole in a battered head—
And the scuppers glut with a rotting red.
    And there they lay—
      Aye, damn my eyes!—
    All lookouts clapped
      On paradise—
All souls bound just contrariwise—
  Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!

[4] Fifteen men of 'em good and true—
  Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!
Every man jack could ha' sailed with Old Pew—
  Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!
There was chest on chest full of Spanish gold,
With a ton of plate in the middle hold,
And the cabins riot of stuff untold.
    And they lay there
      That had took the plum,
    With sightless glare
      And their lips struck dumb,
While we shared all by the rule of thumb—
  Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!

[5] More was seen through the sternlight screen—
  Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!
Chartings ondoubt where a woman had been—
  Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!
A flimsy shift on a bunker cot,
With a thin dirk slot through the bosom spot
And the lace stiff-dry in a purplish blot.
    Or was she wench...
      Or some shuddering maid...?
    That dared the knife
      And that took the blade!
By God! she was stuff for a plucky jade—
  Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!


[6] Fifteen men on the dead man's chest—
  Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!
Drink and the devil had done for the rest—
  Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!
We wrapped 'em all in a mains'l tight,
With twice ten turns of a hawser's bight,
And we heaved 'em over and out of sight—
    With a yo-heave-ho!
      And a fare-you-well!
    And a sullen plunge
      In the sullen swell
Ten fathoms deep on the road to hell—
  Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!


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