“The Sailor's Way”


The sailor tells of all the places he's been and seen: "I've sailed among the Yankees, the Spaniards and Chinese.... But I'll go to the dance hall and hear the music play, For around Cape Horn and home again, oh, that is the sailor's way!"

Supplemental text

Sailor's Way, The
  Partial text(s)

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From William Main Doerflinger, Songs of the Sailor and Lumberman,
revised edition (1972), p. 109. From the singing of Frank Vickery.

I've sailed among the Yankees, the Spaniards and Chinees (sic.).
I've lain down with the yellow girls beneath the tall pine trees.
I've crossed the Line and Gulf Stream and around by Table Bay,
And around Cape Horn and home again -- oh, that's the sailor's way!

(1 additional stanza)

Cross references


  1. Doerflinger, p. 109, "The Sailor's Way" (1 short text, reference for tune)
  2. Hugill, pp. 386-388, "The Sailor's Way" (1 text, 1 tune) [AbEd, pp. 295-296]
  3. Smith/Hatt, p. 41, "Around the World and Home Again" (1 text)
  4. ST Doe109 (Partial)
  5. Roud #8239
  6. BI, Doe109


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1936
Keywords: sailor dancing rambling
Found in: US(MA) Canada(Mar)