“Shallo Brown (Shallow Brown)”


Shanty. Characteristic line: "Shallo, Shallo Brown." The sailor admits that he is leaving, and regrets being parted from his wife and baby. In some versions he may be a slave sold for the "Yankee Dollar"; in others, he is a whaler going about his work.


According to Hugill, the name "Challo" used in some versions is "a West Indian word of Carib extraction meaning a 'half-caste.'" - RBW

Cross references


  1. Doerflinger, p. 44, "Shallo Brown" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Colcord, p. 61, "Shallo Brown" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Harlow, pp. 126-127, "Shallow Brown" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Hugill, pp. 257-260, Shallow Brown (4 texts, 4 tunes) [AbEd, pp. 188-191]
  5. Sharp-EFC, LV, p. 60, "Shallow Brown" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Smith/Hatt, p. 22, "Shiloh Brown" (1 text)
  8. ADDITIONAL: Captain John Robinson, "Songs of the Chantey Man," a series published July-August 1917 in the periodical _The Bellman_ (Minneapolis, MN, 1906-1919). A fragment of "Shallow Brown" is in Part 3, 7/28/1917.
  9. Roud #2621
  10. BI, Doe044


Alternate titles: “Challo Brown”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1882
Found in: US(MA) Canada(Mar)