Before the Mast Song List

...I soon got used to this singing, for the sailors never touched a rope without it. Sometimes, when no one happened to strike up, and the pulling, whatever it might be, did not seem to be getting forward very well, the mate would always say, "Come men, can't any of you sing? Sing now and raise the dead."

Some sea captains, before shipping a man, always ask him whether he can sing out at a rope."                                                                 -Herman Melville, Redburn, chapter 9 (1849)

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According to the Act
All For Me Grog
A Long Time Ago
Amelia
Amene le vent

Banana Boat
Song
Big Bow Wow      Billy Boy
Billy O'Shea
Bold Riley
Boney
Botany Bay
Blood Red Roses
Bully in the Alley

Cape Cod Girls
Capstan Bar       C'est l'avion    Chicken on a Raft
Clear Away in the Morning
Coal Town Road
Congo River

Dead Horse Shanty
Donkey Riding
Don't Forget Your      Old Shipmate
Drunken Sailor

Essequibo River

Farewell Shanty
Final Trawl
Fire Marengo

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General Taylor     Get Up Jack, John Sit Down
Golden Vanity

Hangin' Johnny
Haul Away Joe   High O
Hogeye Man
Hullabaloo Belay

Jamaican Farewell
John Cherokee Johnny Booker
Johnnie Come
Down to Hilo      John Kanaka

Last Shanty
Leave Her Johnnie
Lukey's Boat

Maid Of Amsterdam
Marching Inland
Marco Polo
Michael Row the Boat
Mongulay Boat Song
My Bonnnie

Nelson's Blood

Old Maui

 Paddy Doyle's Boots
Pay Me My Money Down
Pleasant and Delightful

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Randy Dandy O
Rant and Roar
Rio Grande
Roll Alabama Roll
Roll the Cotton Down Roll the Woodpile Down

Sailor's Prayer
Sally Brown
Sally Rachet
Sam Hall
Sam's Gone Away
Santiano/Santy Anna
Saute dans ta
barge
Shallow Brown
Shanty Medley Shantyman's Women
Shenandoah
Skipper Jon Rebeck
Sloop John B
South Australia
Sugar in the Hold

The Gale
Theresa E
Tinker Tailor
Transport's Shanty

Where Am I to Go Me Johnnies            Whup Jamboree
Wild Goose

 

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