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Down in Those Valleys

From William Fender, Barry Dock, Wales.

Sources: The James Madison Carpenter Collection AFC 1972/001 Cylinder 048 06:31; Disc sides 102 02:01, 103 02:20, 411 01:03; MS p. 00139

Another gem from the mysterious William Fender who heard it ‘on board Nova Scotian, pumping ship, one of McCann’s from “cockney bloke”‘. The first two verses are from Fender but it’s so much fun to sing that I supplemented his with a few of my own and a few floaters.

  1. He says young maid will you come along with me
    Aye, aye, aye, Bendigo
    He says young maid will you come along with me
    Aye-oh!
    He says young maid will you come along with me
    To the sunny shore of Amer-eye-kee.
    Down in those valleys down below aye-oh, aye-oh,
    Down in those valleys down below!
  2. She says young man I will will go along with ye
    To the sunny shores of Amer-eye-kee.
  3. And when they reached that sunny land
    He asked his true love for her hand.
  4. We’re outward bound at the break of day
    We’re outward bound for Amer-eye-kee.
  5. And when we reach that sunny shore
    This lousy tub we’ll see no more.
  6. Heave and bust her is the cry
    A sailors wage is never high.
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