“The Merry Shanty Boys”


"We are a band of shanty boys, as merry as can be, No matter where we go, my boys, We're always gay and free." The men go out in the morning to cut the trees, sharpen their axes and relax in the evening, bring the logs to market, and celebrate


Rickaby prints this, but it appears to be entirely from print. And, despite his comment about its quality, it strikes me as something no shantyman would actually sing. - RBW


  1. Rickaby 31, "The Merry Shanty Boys" (1 text)
  2. BI, Rick122


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1926 (Rickaby), from a nineteenth-century broadside
Found in: US