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A Sailor's Consolation

牋牋牋牋牋?Words: Charles Dibdin*; Music: Traditional


牋牋牋牋牋?Dibdin wrote many "sailors' songs" back in the 1700s in England.?Not many have gone into tradition. Bob Zentz of Norfolk, Virginia, sent me this one las summer; he had set it to the tune of The Recruited Collier, which it fits handsomely.?He played it on a concertina, which the cellamba here reflects.?Thanks for another good one, brother Bob.

牋牋牋牋牋?* The only place I have seen this poem in print had it attributed to William Pitt.

Gordon & cellamba.


牋牋牋牋牋?One night came on a hurricane

牋牋牋牋牋?The sea was mountains rolling,

牋牋牋牋牋?When Barney Buntline turned his quid,

牋牋牋牋牋?And said to Billy Bowline:

牋牋牋牋牋?"A strong nor'wester's blowing, Bill,

牋牋牋牋牋?Hark! Don't you hear it roar now?

牋牋牋牋牋?Lord help them! How I pities all

牋牋牋牋牋?Unhappy folks on shore now.


牋牋牋牋牋?"Foolhardy chaps that live in towns;

牋牋牋牋牋?What dangers they are all in,

牋牋牋牋牋?And now lie shaking in their beds

牋牋牋牋牋?for fear the roof should fall in.

牋牋牋牋牋?Poor creatures, how they envy us

牋牋牋牋牋?And wishes, I've a notion,*

牋牋牋牋牋?(*Also seen: "And wish, as I've a notion?quot;)

牋牋牋牋牋?For our good luck in such a storm

牋牋牋牋牋?To be upon the ocean.


牋牋牋牋牋?"And as for them who're out all day

牋牋牋牋牋?On business from their houses,

牋牋牋牋牋?And late at night are coming home

牋牋牋牋牋?To cheer their babes and spouses;

牋牋牋牋牋?While you and I, Bill, on the deck

牋牋牋牋牋?Are comfortably lying,

牋牋牋牋牋?My eyes! What tiles and chimney-pots

牋牋牋牋牋?Around their heads are flying!


牋牋牋牋牋?And very often have we heard

牋牋牋牋牋?How men are killed and undone

牋牋牋牋牋?By overturns of carriages,

牋牋牋牋牋?BY thieves and fires in London.

牋牋牋牋牋?We know what risks all landsmen run

牋牋牋牋牋?From noblemen to tailors;

牋牋牋牋牋?Then Bill, let us thank Providence

牋牋牋牋牋?That you and I are sailors."

A Sailor's Consolation ?/span>is recorded on the album Schooners