COLLECTED FROM GEORGE PATTISON

BLOW THE MAN DOWN

Hauling
George Pattison
Cape de Couedie Lighthouse
Kangaroo island
South Australia
4 Dec 1924 (and 1941)

Clive Carey SS406

I'm a flying-fish sailor, to Hong Kong I'm bound,
Weight Heigh! Blow the man down
I'm. a flying-fish sailor, to Hong Kong I'm bound,
Oh, give us some time to blow the man down

Blow the old man,bullies,
Blow the old man,
Weigh! Heigh',
Blow the man down.
Blow the old man, bullies,
Blow the old man,
Oh, give us some time to blow the man down.

We sailed away on a fine summer's day,

Soon we will be in the Roaring Forty.

For we are bound for Botany Bay.

There'll be plenty of girls, we'll have a, good pay.

No more on the sea, but on shore will I stay.

If you give me some whiskey I'll give you a song.

Blow the "old man" bullies, blow the "old man".

We sailed away on a fine summer's day.

For we are bound for Botany Bay.

And I will be walking down Paradise Street.

And a tight little packet I'll chance for to meet.

There'll be plenty of girls so we'll have a good day.

No more onthe sea, but on shore will I stay.

This version of what Hugill describes as ‘the classic tops’l-halyard shanty of the Western Packet Rats’ is very different from the text in ‘Shanties & Sailors’ Songs’ and includes a local reference to Botany Bay.

 

MARITIME

Clive Carey

 

 

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