“Ja, Ja, Ja!”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1951
Keywords: shanty foreigner
Found in: US(MA)

Description

Shanty, aimed at sailors whose native language is not English. The chorus runs, "Ja, Ja, Ja!"; the rest may be deliberate gibberish or slurs on those who say "Ja" for "Yes" or talk of the usual sailor-ashore themes of drinking and chasing women

Supplemental text

Ja, Ja, Ja!
  Complete text(s)

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From William Main Doerflinger, Songs of the Sailor and Lumberman,
revised edition (1972), p. 86. From the singing of Captain Patrick
Tayluer, New York, NY.

O mitch mein inkum stinkum buckerroom and mein ja, ja, ja,
Mitch mein inkum stinkum buckerroom and mein ja, ja, ja,
Vell, ve'll git up on der shteeples and ve'll spiit down on der peoples,
Mitsch mein ja, ja, ja!

Cross references

References

  1. Doerflinger, p. 86, "Ja, Ja, Ja!" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Hugill, pp. 504-505, "Yaw, Yaw, Yaw!" (1 text, 1 tune) [AbEd, pp. 372-373]
  3. ST Doe086 (Full)
  4. Roud #8236
  5. BI, Doe086