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Down Trinidad

From: Richard Warner, Cardiff, Wales

Sources: The James Madison Carpenter Collection, AFC 1972/001 MS pp. 00137, 09165 (melody and vs. 1-3, 7), MS p. 03575 (from Harry Bowling, Los Angeles, CA, verse 4); Stan Hugill Shanties from the Seven Seas p. 397 (verses 5-6)

  1. Oh tell me massa stevedore how you stow your cargo?
    Way_____ sing Sunny Dore!
    Oh tell me massa stevedore, how you stow your cargo,
    Bound down Trinidad to look for Sunny Dore.
    Grand Chorus:
    Oh booch free me bully boys and burtoned in the archway
    Way ____ sing Sunny Dore
    Oh booch free me bully boys and burtoned in the archway
    Bound down Trinidad to look for Sunny Dore.
  2. Oh Trinidad! Oh Trinidad! The pretty little harbor!
  3. What will you do with Sunny Dore, If ever you should find her?
    Oh, roll her in the grass me boys, And all amongst the clover.
  4. Say Mr. Barber, How do you shave your customers,
    Take em by their noses, And scrape them on their chinsieos!
  5. Now stretch her luff, she’s high enough, the end is just in sight, boys.
  6. Hoist her high, an’ hoist her dry, come rock and roll me over.
    The ship’s all right, the crew is tight, the Ol’ Man’s all in clover.
  7. Oh tell me massa stevedore how you stow your cargo?
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