“Lowlands Low (III)”


Halyard shanty. "Our packet is the Island Lass, Low-lands, low-lands, low-lands, low! There's a nigger howlin' at the main top mast, Low-lands, low-lands, low-lands, low!" Verses mostly complaints and rhymes about sailing.


Hugill says this is from ships the West Indian trade (sugar and rum), many of which had "chequerboard" crews, i.e. one watch white and one watch coloured. - SL


  1. Hugill, pp. 70-71, "Lowlands Low" (1 text, 1 tune) [AbEb, pp. 64-65]
  2. Sharp-EFC, XXIX, p. 34, "Lowlands Low" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #8286
  4. BI, Hugi070


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1914 (Sharp-EFC)
Keywords: shanty work
Found in: West Indies