“Way Down in Cuba”


Fragment of a shanty: "I've got a sister nine feet tall, 'Way down in Cuba, Sleeps in the kitchen with her feet in the hall, 'Way down in Cuba." "I've got a girl friend, name is Jane,
'Way down in Cuba, You can guess where she gives me a pain...."


I suspect this may be a broken-off fragment of a better-known shanty (Shay says it's from the Mississippi River), but with only two verses and no tune, it's hard to tell. - RBW


  1. Shay-SeaSongs, p. 95, "'Way Down in Cuba" (1short text)
  2. Roud #8820
  3. BI, ShSea095


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1948 (Shay)
Keywords: shanty talltale
Found in: US