“Way Down Below”


"Oh, a good beef steak and' a mutton chop, Way down below! Make dat nigger's lip go flip flap flop. Way down below (x2), Ole Aunt Kitty am honin' for de sea, Way down below." Verses float (e.g. "My old master promised me"); lines 2 and 4-6 are the chorus


This looks like it might have been built on the broken fragments of a sea shanty, but the verses have clearly come from tradition ashore. - RBW

Cross references


  1. BrownIII 492, "Way Down Below" (1 text)
  2. Roud #11870
  3. BI, Br492


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1952 (Brown)
Found in: US(SE)