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Windlass Chanty

After a poem by Lincoln Colcord (1883-1947)
From Sea Stories from Searsport to Singapore, 1987
Words adapted & added to by Charlie Ipcar 1999

Tune: Charlie Ipcar 1999

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windlass.jpg - 50366 Bytes Oh, soon she'll bite the swells, the breeze is singin',
We'll be sinkin' Sandy Hook in the morn,
So, walk 'er up, me lads, the pawls are ringin',
Soon we'll be rounding ol' Cape Horn.

Them Northeast Trades will keep our halyards twingin',
We'll be sinkin' Sandy Hook in the morn,
We'll be rolling down to Rio, stuns'ls wingin',
Soon we'll be rounding ol' Cape Horn. *

Them gals in Callao will all be waitin',
We'll be sinkin' Sandy Hook in the morn,
When we're 'longside there'll be no hesitatin',
Soon we'll be rounding ol' Cape Horn. *

"The mudhook's up an' down!" the bos'n's callin',
We'll be sinkin' Sandy Hook in the morn,
"So, break 'er out an' cat 'er!" now he's bawlin',
Soon we'll be rounding ol' Cape Horn. *

"Goodbye, me love, a year we'll be a-sailin',"
We'll be sinkin' Sandy Hook in the morn,
"So, sheet yer tops'ls home, the dawn is palin',"
Soon we'll be rounding ol' Cape Horn. (REPEAT)

* New verses

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