“Sail Away Ladies”

Author: Words assembled by Uncle Dave Macon
Earliest date: 1926 (recording, Uncle Bunt Stephens)
Keywords: dancing drink humorous nonballad floatingverses
Found in: US(SE,So)

Description

Dance tune with floating verses: "Ever I get my new house done/Sail away, ladies, sail away/Give the old one to my son/Sail away...." "Don't you worry, don't you cry... You'll be angels by and by" Etc. "Chorus: "Don't'ye rock 'em, di-de-o (x3 or x4)".

Long description

Dance tune with floating verses, and some that should be: "Ever I get my new house done/Sail away, ladies, sail away/Give the old one to my son/Sail away, ladies, sail away"; "Children, Don't You Grieve and Cry/You're gonna be angels by and by"; "Come along, girls and go with me/We'll go back to Tennessee". Chorus: "Don't'ye rock 'em, di-de-o (3-4x)". "Sail away, ladies, sail away" is the verse refrain.

Notes

This started out as a fiddle tune, to which Uncle Dave [Macon] added his own unique brand of nonsense--some original, some floating verses. -PJS

Not to be confused with the song sung by W.C. Handy: "Sail away, ladies, sail away; Sail away, ladies, sail away. Never mind what de sisters say, Just shake your Dolly Varden and sail away." - RBW

Cross references

Recordings

References

  1. Cohen/Seeger/Wood, p. 203, "Sail Away Ladies" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Darling-NAS, p. 251, "Sail Away Ladies" (1 text)
  3. MWheeler, p. 15-16, "Oh, When I Git My New House Done" (1 text, 1 tune -- a fragment with no chorus but verses similar to this)
  4. Silber-FSWB, p. 42, "Sail Away Ladies" (1 text)
  5. DT, SAILLADI*
  6. BI, CSW203