From James Wright, Leith, Scotland
Sources: The James Madison Carpenter Collection AFC 1972/001 Cylinder 052 08:40; Disc sides 112 03:23, 112A 02:02, 420 02:05; MS p. 03579
Verses 1 to 3 and 10 are from James Wright. Verses 4 and 5 are from Cecil Sharp’s English Folk Chanteys where they are attributed to Mr. Rapsey of Bridgewater. Verses 6-9 are from Stan Hugill’s Shanties From the Seven Seas where they are attributed to Tobago Smith, one of Hugill’s Carribean singers.
- Tally I O was a jolly old soul
Tally I O, Tally I O
There was Tally I O was a jolly old soul
Sing Tally I O you know.
- What shall I do with a long tally ho?
- We’ll take him a shore and we’ll give him a run.
- Oh now you forbid us to bid you adieu.
- We’re homeward bound to Bristol Town.
- Oh old Sally Rackett of Kingston town
I spent quite a packet on her new silk gown.
- We loaded our packet with sugar an rum
Goodbye to Jamaicy its galls and its sun.
- We’re bound to the nor’ard to the ice and the snow
We’re bound to the nor’rard O Lord let ‘er go.
- And when we gets back to ol Bristol town
Tis there we will drink and sorrow soon drown.
- Tally I O was a damned old screw.