Windlass song (Walter Cecil Macfarren)

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  • (Posted 2019-11-22)   CPDL #56015:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-11-22).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 98 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: Windlass song
Composer: Walter Cecil Macfarren
Lyricist: William Allingham

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: TTBB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1876 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 9, no. 277

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Original text and translations

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R: Heave at the windlass,
Heave O, cheerly men, heave O!
Heave at the windlass,
heave O, cheerly men, heave!
Heave all at once with a will!
The tide's quickly flowing,
Our cordage is creaking,
The water has put on a frill.
Once in blue water,
Heave O, cheerly men, heave O,
Once in blue water,
Heave O, cheerly men, heave!
Blow it from north or from south,
She'll stand to it tightly
And curtsey politely,
And carry a bone in her mouth.
Short cruise or long cruise,
Heave O, cheerly men, heave O,
Short cruise or long cruise,
Heave O, cheerly men, heave O,
Jolly Jack Tar thinks it one,
No latitude dreads he of,
White, Black or Red Sea,
Great icebergs or tropical sun.
Short cruise or long cruise,
Heave O, cheerly men, heave O,
Short cruise or long cruise,
Heave O, cheerly men, heave!
One other turn and Heave O cheerly men,
Heave and goodbye to the shore!
Our money, how went it?
We shared it and spent it,
Next year we'll come back with some more.
Heave at the windlass,
Heave O cheerly men, heave O,
Heave at the windlass,
Heave O cheerly men, heave,
Heave O, heave O, heave O!