Sea Shanties - Congo River

  • Artist: Sea Shanties
  • Also performed by: The 97th Regimental String Band
  • Translations: Italian
English

Congo River

Oh was you ever on the Congo River 
(Blow, boys, blow!)
Black fever makes the white man shiver
(Blow, me bully boys, blow!)
A Yankee ship came down the river
(Blow, boys, blow!)
Her masts and yards they shone like silver
(Blow, me bully boys, blow!)
 
[Chorus]
And blow me boys and blow forever
Blow, boys, blow!
Aye, blow me down the Congo River
Blow, me bullyboys, blow!
 
What do think she had for cargo
(Blow, boys, blow!)
Why, black sheep that had run the embargo
(Blow, me bully boys, blow!)
And what do you think they had for dinner?
(Blow, boys, blow!)
Why a monkey’s heart and a donkey´s liver.
(Blow, me bully boys, blow!)
 
[Chorus]
 
Yonder comes the Arrow packet
(Blow, boys, blow!)
She fires her guns can´t you hear the racket?
(Blow, me bully boys, blow!)
Who do you think was the skipper of her?
(Blow, boys, blow!)
Why, Bully Hayes, the sailor lover
(Blow, me bully boys, blow!)
 
[Chorus]
 
Submitted by Ontano Magico on Tue, 13/03/2018 - 18:47
Submitter's comments:

Blow Bullies Blow, conosciuta anche con il titolo di “Blow boys blow”, “The Yankee Clipper” e “Congo River” è un canto marinaresco (sea shanty) classificabile sostanzialmente in due principali filoni testuali. Questa è la versione Congo River che ricorda la tratta degli schiavi

Thanks!

 

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