“We'll Rant and We'll Roar”


Sailor Bob Pittman describes his skills as a sailor, then settles down to describing his wedding plans. Having settled on a suitable wife (after much soul-searching), he makes arrangements for wedded life and bids farewell to all the other girls


A Canadian rewrite of "Farewell and Adieu to you Spanish Ladies." The author's title is "The Ryans and the Pittmans," but tradition has paid little attention to that, though scholars often respect it. - RBW

Bruce Fisher's Songs of Newfoundland site points out that the song, in each version, tours a local circuit of ports and outports. - BS

Cross references


  • Omar Blondahl, "We'll Rant and We'll Roar" (on NFOBlondahl05)


  1. Greenleaf/Mansfield 132, "The Ryans and the Pittmans" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Fowke/Johnston, pp. 42-43, "We'll Rant and We'll Roar (The Ryans and the Pittmans)" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Fowke/MacMillan 12, "The Ryans and the Pittmans" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Blondahl, p. 10, "We'll Rant and We'll Roar" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Doyle2, p. 53, "The Ryans and the Pittmans" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Doyle3, p. 51, "The Ryans and the Pittmans" (1 text, 1 tune)
  8. Roud #687
  9. BI, FJ042


Author: W. H. Le Messurier
Earliest date: c. 1880
Keywords: courting marriage sea
Found in: Canada(Mar,Newf)