“Ten Stone”


Windlass shanty. "I nebber seen de like sence I ben born! Way, ay, ay, ay, ay! Nigger on de ice an a hoein' up corn, Way, ay, ay, ay, ay! Ten stone! ten stone! ten stone de win' am ober, Jenny get along, Jenny blow de horn, as we go marchin ober!"


This may well be related to the mess of material filed under "I Belong to that Band"; it has some of the same lines, and is utterly disorganized. But the total material found in each is simply too small to be sure. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Hugill, p. 268, "Ten Stone" (1 text, 1 tune) [AbEd, p. 198]
  2. Roud #9129
  3. BI, Hugi268


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1914 (Bullen & Arnold, _Songs of Sea Labor_)
Keywords: shanty worksong sailor
Found in: West Indies