“Min Mand Han Var en Sjomand (My Man He Was a Seaman)”


Swedish shanty. Cautionary song, children ask "where is father? He's resting in the grave." Warns girls not to wed a sailor or they'll end up a widow with children. Source doesn't give a chorus, verses may have been repeated as refrains.


Hugill got this from Sternvall's _Sang under Segel_ (1935) with a note that it was taken from "Eivind Jartved" in 1904. - SL


  1. Hugill, pp. 529-530, "Min Mand Han Var en Sjomand" (2 texts-Swedish & English, 1 tune)
  2. BI, Hugi529


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1904 (Eivind Jartved)
Found in: Sweden