“Blow Ye Winds in the Morning”


The call is going out for whalermen in New England. The song warns of the conditions the potential recruit will face: Boarding masters, hard times at sea, the dangers of taking the whale. Chorus: "Blow ye winds in the morning, Blow ye winds high-o...."


Whalers were considered the lowest sort of sailors; most seamen had to be desperate to ship on a whaler. This song perhaps helps explain why. - RBW

Cross references


  • Almanac Singers, "Blow Ye Winds, Heigh Ho" (General 5015A, 1941; on Almanac02, Almanac03, AlmanacCD1)


  1. Lomax-FSUSA 44, "Blow, Ye Winds in the Morning" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Botkin-AmFolklr, pp. 829-831, "Blow, Ye Winds" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Huntington-Whalemen, pp. 42-46, "Blow Ye Winds" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Shay-SeaSongs, pp. 126-128, "Blow, Ye Winds" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Colcord, pp. 191-192, "Blow, Ye Winds" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  6. Harlow, pp. 130-131, 211-213 "Blow Ye Winds in the Morning" "It's Advertised in Boston" (2 texts, 2 tunes -- second version has a different chorus, "Cheer up lively lads, in spite of stormy weather. Cheer up...we'll all get drunk together")
  7. Hugill, pp. 219-224, "Blow, Ye Winds" (3 texts plus several fragments, 3 tunes) [AbrEd, pp. 168-171]
  8. Darling-NAS, pp. 318-319, "Blow Ye Winds" (1 text)
  9. Silber-FSWB, p. 85, "Blow Ye Winds In The Morning" (1 text)
  10. DT, BLOWYE*
  11. Roud #2012
  12. BI, LxU044


Alternate titles: “Blow, Boys, Blow”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1859 (Journal of the Elizabeth Swift)
Keywords: whaler ship sea work