“Aboard the Henry Clay”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1945 (Harlow)
Keywords: shanty sailor homicide drink
Found in: US

Description

Capstan shanty. Verses tell of a "lime-juice jay" that got drunk and went into a fit. The mate kicks him off the boat and he drowns. Later the mate is found with a knife in his back. Refrains repeat last lines of verses.

References

  1. Harlow, pp. 207-208, "Aboard the Henry Clay" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #9160
  3. BI, Harl207