From Charles Snellen, Marblehead, Massachusetts
Sources: The James Madison Carpenter Collection AFC 1072/001 MS p. 09180; Carpenter, James Madison. Forecastle Songs and Chanties. PhD Thesis, Harvard University, 1928 pp. 185-186.
- We were sitting in the parlor
Thinking over every plan
When in came Palmer in a hurry
To ship us on the Bridget Ann.chorus
Chitty sehlong, shelong, shelah
Hilo, chitty shelong, shelah.
- We went down to see the skipper
And finding him a nice young man
We told him we could go a-fishing
If he’d ship us on the Ann.
- If you want to go a-fishing
Do your duty like a man
Oil down the shrouds and rigging
All on the board the Bridget Ann.
- Here’s the tar, now take the bucket
Rub it in on every strand
You will stand upon the rigging
All on board the Bridget Ann.
- When we left old Cape Ann harbor
Plenty tobacco we had on hand
When we reached the gut of Canso
Narry a chew on the Bridget Ann.
- We stopped awhile in the Gut of Canso
There lived the skipper’s Doxy Ann
Clear away, boys, get everything ready
To lower a boat from the Bridget Ann.