“Whip Jamboree (Whup Jamboree)”


Stanzas on the life of a sailor, characterized by the line "(whip/whup) jamboree." The lash is likely to be prominently mentioned, as is the sailors' happiness upon seeing the girls (whores?) of home.


"Jinny" is alternately spelled "Jenny" in the choruses. The versions that Hugill give have a bit more coherent storyline (just a bit) involving coming home (or at least to port), meeting up with Jinny and briefly deciding to stay, then taking off to sea again. - SL


  1. BrownIII 230, "Whip Jamboree" (1 short text, linked to this song only by the chorus line)
  2. Smith/Hatt, p. 13, "Arriving Back at Liverpool" (1 fragment)
  3. Harlow, pp. 106-108, "Johnny Get Your Oatcake Done (Jamboree)," "Early in the Morning" (2 texts, 1 tune - second text "Early in the Morning" has different words though a similar theme, Harlow says it was sung to the same tune but when bound for London)
  4. Hugill, pp. 382-384, "Jamboree" (4 texts, 2 tunes) [AbEd, pp. 290-292]
  5. Sharp-EFC, IX, pp. 10-11, "Whip Jamboree" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Roud #488
  8. BI, Br3230


Alternate titles: “Jinny, Keep Yer Ringtail Warm”; “Jinny Git Yer Oatcake Done”; “Bristol Channel Jamboree”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1940 (Smith/Hatt)
Found in: US(SE) Canada(Mar)