“Coal Black Rose”


Halyard shanty, Negro origin. "Oh, me Rosie, Coal Black Rose, Don't ye hear the banjo ping-a-pong-a-pong? Oh, me Rosie, Coal Black Rose." Verses mostly nonsense, with a fair amount of onomatopoeia, i.e. "ping-a-pong-a-pong," "dinging an' a dang," etc.


  1. Hugill, p. 364, "Coal Black Rose" (1 text, 1 tune) [AbEd, p. 274]
  2. Roud #9128
  3. BI, Hugi364


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1914 (Bullen, _Songs of Sea Labor_)
Keywords: shanty worksong
Found in: West Indies