“Sling the Flowing Bowl”


"Come come my jolly lads the wind's abaft, Brisk gales our sails shall crowd...." "Then sling the flowing bowl. Fond hopes arise the girls we prize Shall bless each jovial soul." The sailors boast of their prowess while on patrol


Huntington's versions are from American whalers, but it is clear that this song was originally sung by British sailors, probably from naval vessels, as it refers to patrolling the coast of Spain. - RBW


  1. Huntington-Whalemen, pp. 51-52, "Sling the Flowing Bowl" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #2015
  3. BI, SWMS051


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1839 (Journal from the Chile)
Keywords: ship sailor nonballad