“Stormy Weather Boys”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1950 (Creighton-Maritime)
Keywords: sex river work drink storm fo'c'sle humorous sailor worker ghost mermaid/man parody
Found in: Britain(England(South)) Canada(Mar)

Description

Adventures of a barge crew on the Thames. The captain arrives half-drunk; the crew gets sozzled, the barge runs aground. They meet a mermaid and a ghost (who takes the wheel); eventually they arrive at Yarmouth and wind up in "The Druid's Arms"

Long description

Adventures of a barge crew on the Thames. The captain comes aboard half-drunk; the crew gets sozzled and the barge runs aground. They encounter a mermaid ("Up jumped a mermaid covered with muck/We took her down the fo'c'sle and had a good time") and a ghost (who takes the wheel); eventually they arrive at Yarmouth and wind up in "The Druid's Arms." Chorus: "Stormy weather boys, stormy weather boys/When the wind blows our barge will go"

Notes

Not having heard this sung, I can't prove it's a parody of "Windy Old Weather" -- but the meter and lyrics both say it is. - RBW

I don't think so, despite the lyrical similarities. "Windy Old Weather" is sung in waltz time, while this is 4/4. - PJS

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References

  1. Creighton-Maritime, pp. 144-145, "Stormy Weather Boys" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. DT, STRMYWTH
  3. Roud #1851
  4. BI, DTstrmyw