“O Mary, Come Down!”


Shanty, though just barely, really more of a call-out. "Oh Mary, come down with your bunch of roses, come down when I call, oh Mary. Oh Mary come down!"


The text of this looks very like a fragment of "Come Down You Roses/Blood Red Roses." But the tune looks different, and there is no chorus, and the purpose is different. Susan Lawlor split them, and I am very tentatively going along. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Hugill, p. 368, "O Mary, Come Down!" (1 short text, 1 tune) [AbEd, p. 277]
  2. Harlow p. 29, "A Sing Out" (1 short text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #9165
  4. BI, Hugi368


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1961 (Hugill)
Keywords: shanty worksong
Found in: West Indies