“Spanish Ladies”


Sailor bids farewell to the Spanish (Australian, South American) ladies as his ship weighs anchor and departs for England (Massachusetts).


This well-known melody inspired a number of local parodies, including "We'll Rant and We'll Roar" and "Brisbane Ladies." As most of these are deliberate rewrites, however, they are not included here. - RBW

Same tune

  • The Countersigns (File: Col135)
  • Brisbane Ladies (File: FaE162)
  • We'll Rant and We'll Roar (File: FJ042)

Cross references


  • Bodleian, Firth c.17(305), "The Spanish Ladies", J. Pitts (London), 1819-1844; also Harding B 11(1483), Harding B 11(3611), Firth b.34(40), Firth c.13(39), Firth c.13(41), "[The] Spanish Ladies"
  • LOCSinging, as104650, "Spanish Ladies", J. Catnach (London), 19C


  • Cadgwith fishermen, "Farewell and Adieu" (on LastDays)
  • Johnny Doughty, "Up the Channel" (on Voice12)
  • A. L. Lloyd, "Talcahuano Girls" (on Lloyd3, Lloyd9)


  1. Hugill, pp. 385-386, "Spanish Ladies" (2 texts, 2 tunes) [AbEd, pp. 293-294]
  2. Sharp-100E 89, "Spanish Ladies" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Shay-SeaSongs, pp. 136-137, "Spanish Ladies" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Creighton/Senior, pp. 233-234, "Spanish Ladies" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Karpeles-Newfoundland 41, "Spanish Ladies" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Mackenzie 97, "Spanish Ladies" (1 text)
  7. Ranson, p. 25, "The Spanish Ladies" (1 text)
  9. ADDITIONAL: Captain John Robinson, "Songs of the Chantey Man," a series published July-August 1917 in the periodical _The Bellman_ (Minneapolis, MN, 1906-1919). "Farewell and Adieu" is in Part 4, 8/4/1917.
  10. Roud #687
  11. BI, ShH89


Alternate titles: “Farewell and Adieu To You”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1845 (broadside, Bodleian Firth c.17(305))
Found in: Britain(England) US(NE) Canada(Mar) Ireland