“The Sailor Likes His Bottle-O”


Shanty. "So early in the morning the sailor likes his bottle-o! A bottle of rum, a bottle of gin, a bottle of old Jamaica Ho!" Verses carry on about all the things a sailor might love: women, tobacco, fighting, etc...


  1. Colcord, p. 75, "Bottle O!" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Hugill, pp. 55-57, "So Early in the Morning" (3 texts, 3 tunes) [AbEd, pp. 52-53]
  3. Sharp-EFC, XLVI, p. 51, "The Sailor Loves His Bottle-O" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. ADDITIONAL: Captain John Robinson, "Songs of the Chantey Man," a series published July-August 1917 in the periodical _The Bellman_ (Minneapolis, MN, 1906-1919). "Sailor Like the Bottle O!" is in Part 2, 7/21/1917.
  6. BI, Hugi055


Alternate titles: “The Sailor Loves”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1914 (Sharp-EFC)
Keywords: shanty drink sailor
Found in: Britain West Indies