“So It's Pass”


"So, it's pass around the grog, my boys." Give me the girl I love, toast Queen Victoria, and "when our money is all gone We'll go to sea for more." Chorus: "Here's to him that merry be ... March onward, my brave boys"

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So It's Pass
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Chanty Song

From Helen Creighton, Songs and Ballads from Nova Scotia, #56, pp. 113-114.
"Sung by Mr. Richard Hartlan, of South-East Passage."

So, it's pass around the grog, me boys,
  And never mind the scores,
But give to me the girl I love,
  I'll never ask for more.
Oh, here's to him that merry be
  And never taste of joy,
Sing, sing the merry, merry song,
  March onward, my brave boys.

(2 additional stanzas)


Creighton-NovaScotia has this as a chanty but says "it looks more like a sailor's adaptation of a soldier's song." - BS

Historical references

  • 1837-1901 - Reign of Queen Victoria


  1. Creighton-NovaScotia 56, "Chanty Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. ST CrNS056 (Partial)
  4. Roud #1798
  5. BI, CrNS056


Alternate titles: “See, See, The Cape's In View”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1932 (Creighton-NovaScotia)
Found in: Canada(Mar)