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The Death of Nelson by Hazel Askew (traditional song in MP3)

'The Death of Nelson' is about the death of British naval hero Horatio Nelson in the Battle of Trafalgar on 21st October 1805. It features the vocals of Hazel Askew, a London-based singer, musician and composer. The recording is courtesy of the English Folk Dance and Song Society and is published by Marine Café Blog for your personal, non-commercial use. (2.3 MiB, MP3, 1:47 minutes) Read about the exemplary life and career of Horatio Nelson here.


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Three Galleons (pop song with choir and orchestra)

'Three Galleons' is about Christopher Columbus' voyage of discovery to the Americas. It was recorded in 1955 by English conductor Johnny Douglas and his choir and orchestra. The song's title refers to the three ships of Columbus: the Pinta, the Niña and the Santa Maria. Technically, the flagship Santa Maria was a carrack and the other two ships were smaller caravels. This audio file is from the Internet Archive, remastered by Marine Café Blog to play at a higher quality 320kbps. (5.3 MiB, MP3, 2:20 minutes)


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An Introduction to English Sea Songs and Shanties (pamphlet)

"An Introduction to English Sea Songs and Shanties" by David Atkinson was produced for the British Council by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS). The pamphlet contains useful information about English shanties and sea ballads and seafaring customs and beliefs. Also provided are the lyrics of 15 songs, including the very popular 'Blow the Man Down', 'Hanging Johnny' and 'Lowlands'. (1 MiB, PDF, 34 pages) NOTE: Copyright © British Council and English Folk Dance and Song Society 2016. You are allowed to make copies of this material for non-commercial educational purposes. Permission must be sought from EFDSS for any other use of this material.


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When That Great Ship Went Down (folk song in MP3)

'When That Great Ship Went Down'  is about the sinking of the RMS Titanic on 15th April 1912. The song features William and Versey Smith, an American husband and wife duo who specialised in blues and gospel music. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the Smiths' 1927 recording. (4.7 MiB, MP3, 2:57 minutes) See also 'Titanic' by American singer–musician Roger McGuinn.


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Tide Rising by Myndra (instrumental music in MP3)

'Tide Rising' is a beautiful composition that captures the poetry of the rising tide. It was performed by Myndra, an Icelandic/Canadian trio active in 2014. The members were Linus Lárpera (vocals, guitars), Raziel C (violin, viola, piano), and Antoine Letberg (drums, percussion, clarinet, keyboards, synths, vocals). This recording was made available on the Free Music Archive under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence . (8.4 MiB, MP3, 4:57 minutes)


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Across the Line by the Wellington Sea Shanty Society (traditional sea song in MP3)

'Across the Line' describes a sailor's life during the age of wooden ships. It features the vocals of the Wellington Sea Shanty Society, a talented musical group from New Zealand. The song's title "Across the Line" refers to the equator (old or experienced sailors who have "crossed the line" are called 'shellbacks').The recording was made available on the Free Music Archive by W.S.S.S. under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States licence . It has been remastered by Marine Café Blog to play at a constant 320Kbps. (7.9 MiB, MP3, 3:27 minutes)


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Back to Sea by Roger McGuinn (original song in MP3)

A painting by French marine artist Roger Chapelet inspired American singer Roger McGuinn to compose 'Back to Sea'. The song is about the life of sailors as they travel around the world. It ends with the beautiful verse: "Pray that we ride a faithful tide/ Our topsail’s blowing free/ We’ll say hello to them Liverpool gals/ ‘Fore we head back to sea." The recording is part of McGuinn's Folk Den project and is covered by a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States Licence . (4.3 MiB, MP3, 2:44 minutes)


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Blow, Ye Winds (song from the whaling era, remastered, MP3)

'Blow, Ye Winds" by unidentified performers is about the travails of whaling sailors in the 19th century -- from the dangers of whale hunting to predators on land ("land sharks" and boarding house thieves). This 1962 recording is from the University of Illinois 78rpm Collection on the Internet Archive. It has been remastered by Marine Café Blog. (3.3 MiB, MP3, 1:27 minutes) Click here for the complete lyrics of 'Blow, Ye Winds' (the Pete Seeger version)


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The Music of the Waters by Laura Alexandrine Smith (book about sea songs)

Pubished in 1888, 'The Music of the Waters' by English musicologist Laura Alexandrine Smith (1861–1902) is believed to be the first book to include the tunes of sea shanties and ballads with their lyrics. Scottish writer R.M. Ballantine noted in the Introductory Note:"With the courage of an original investigator, our authoress has ventured to 'beard the lion in his den.' She has personally gone straight to the 'fo'c'sle,' and interviewed the sailors not only of her own but of other lands, and thus has gathered from the men's own lips, and from their manly voices, the words and melodies which are most popular among them" (7.9 MiB, PDF, 393 pages)


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Titanic by Roger McGuinn (folk song in MP3)

'Titanic' features the music and vocals of American singer Roger McGuinn, who wrote the lyrics based on the old folk song 'When That Great Ship Went Down'.Mr McGuinn has made this recording available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States Licence . It is part of his Folk Den project. (3.9 MiB, MP3, 2:30 minutes)


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The Water Music, Suite VI – Allegro Deciso by Georg Friedrich Händel (MP3)

'The Water Music' is a collection of orchestral movements by the German Baroque composer George Frideric Handel (1685–1759). This track is from the 1959 album 'The Royal Fireworks Suite / The Water Music Suite' featuring The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Eugene Ormandy. It is courtesy of Joygen Odiongan on the Internet Archive, with some remastering by Marine Café Blog. (5.8 MiB, MP3, 3:14 minutes) See also the Marine Café Blog post, 'The wonder of water: A celebration in song and art' .


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Ship Ahoy Polka (vintage recording in MP3)

Recorded in 1949, 'Ship Ahoy Polka' is a merry song featuring the Merrie Musette Orchestra with vocal refrain by The Continental Capers. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the digitised 78rpm recording published in the Internet Archive. (5.2 MiB, MP3, 2:21 minutes) See also 'Sailormen' by John Charles Thomas, another vintage song in MP3.


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Leave Her, Johnny by the King’s Point Glee Club (shanty, MP3)

The call and response in this version of 'Leave Her, Johnny' are notable for their clarity and vigour. The shanty was performed by the King's Point Glee Club of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the undated recording published by Joygen Odiongan in the Internet Archive.(1.7 MiB, MP3, 46 seconds) See also 'Leave Her, Johnny' by American singer-musician Roger McGuinn.


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What’ll We Do with the Drunken Sailor by The Norman Luboff Choir (shanty, MP3)

Enjoy this popular shanty by The Norman Luboff Choir conducted by Norman Luboff (1917–1987), a noted American music arranger and choir director. 'What'll We Do with the Drunken Sailor' was included in the group's 1959 album Songs of the British Isles. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the digitised track published in the Internet Archive.(3.8 MiB, MP3, 1:46 minutes)


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The Banana Boat Song by The Tarriers (Jamaican dock workers’ song, MP3)

'The Banana Boat Song' by The Tarriers, an American vocal group, immediately became a hit when it was released in 1956. An adaptation of Harry Belafonte's 'Banana Boat' (Day-o), the song was written by Alan Arkin, Bob Carey and Erik Darling. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the original 78rpm recording published in the Internet Archive. (4.4 MiB, MP3, 2:58 minutes)


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The Wellerman by Alexander Nakarada (instrumental version in MP3)

This is an awesome instrumental version of the popular song 'Wellerman'. It is by Alexander Nakarada, a gifted musician from Norway. Nakarada released the recording in 2017, long before the whaling song went viral on Tiktok and other video/music sharing platforms. Nakarada has made it available to the general public under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. (2.6 MiB, MP3, 1:56 minutes)


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Ship Ahoy by Rose Marie (vintage pop song in MP3)

'Ship Ahoy' is a light, wholesome song about the romantic relationship between a small town girl and a sailor named Jose. It was recorded in 1952 by actress-singer Rose Marie (born Rose Marie Mazzetta,1923–2017). This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the digitised 78rpm recording published in the Internet Archive. (3.8 Mib, MP3, 2:25 minutes)


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Haul Away Joe by Roger McGuinn (shanty in MP3)

The popular shanty 'Haul Away Joe' gets a special musical treatment from American singer-musician Roger McGuinn. This recording is part of McGuinn's Folk Den project, He has kindly made it available for shanty lovers to enjoy under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States Licence .(2.4 MiB, MP3, 3:30 minutes)


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The Banana Boat Song by The Fontane Sisters (traditional Jamaican song in MP3)

'The Banana Boat Song' (Day-o) by The Fontane Sisters is a delightful adaptation of the traditional Jamaican song immortalised by Harry Belafonte. The Fontane Sisters were a trio from New Milford, New Jersey, made up of Bea,Geri and Marge Rosse. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the 1957 recording published in the Internet Archive. (3.6 MiB, MP3, 2:15 minutes) See also Sarah Vaughan's version of 'The Banana Boat Song'.  


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Lowlands (Away) by Leonard Warren (remaster, MP3)

'Lowlands (Away)' is considered by many as a sea shanty but some believe that it is a ballad. In the song, a dead lover comes to a sailor in a dream during a voyage to the "lowlands". This version features the powerful vocals of American operatic baritone singer Leonard Warren with orchestra conducted by Morris Levine. It is a remaster of the 1948 recording. (5.6 MiB, MP3, 3:19 minutes)


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El Marinero (The Sailor) ringtone for iPhones

Spice up your smartphone with some Dominican merengue music. This ringtone is a cut from 'El Marinero', a song that features the music of Ricardo Rico and his Los Tipicos Dominicanos band and the vocals of Florinda Sanchez. (355 KiB, m4r, 22 seconds) Get the version for Android phones here.


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El Marinero (The Sailor) ringtone for Android phones

Spice up your smartphone with some Dominican merengue music. This ringtone is a cut from 'El Marinero', a song that features the music of Ricardo Rico and his Los Tipicos Dominicanos band and the vocals of Florinda Sanchez. (659 KiB, MP3, 22 seconds) Get the iPhone version here.


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The Weary Whaling Grounds by Roger McGuinn (traditional song about whalers)

'The Weary Whaling Grounds' is about the horrible shipboard conditions and low pay that 19th-century whaling ship crews had to endure while hunting for whales in Greenland. American singer-musician Roger McGuinn recorded the song as part of his Folk Den project. He has made it available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States Licence . (2.7 MiB, MP3, 2:23 minutes) Click here for the lyrics of the song with some historical notes.


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Still Sailor by The Inventors (Indie-Rock song)

'Still Sailor' will appeal to those who love the sea and rock music. This Indie-Rock song was released in 2018 and features the Chicago rock band, The Inventors (Joe Mango - drums/vocals; Ray Skamay - guitar/backing vocals). It was made available on the Free Music Archive under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States licence. (6.6 MiB, MP3, 3:11 minutes)


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Pirate Song by Reinald Werrenrath (classic song in MP3)

'Pirate Song' was written by American composer Henry F. Gilbert (1868–1928), who adopted words from Robert Louis Stevenson's adventure novel, Treasure Island. It features the rich vocals of American baritone opera singer Reinald Werrenrath (1883–1953). The recording is from1925 under the Victrola label. (4.1 MiB, MP3, 2:05 minutes) See also 'Pirate Song' by David S. Bispham.


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Bring Back My Bonnie to Me by Alma Gluck (in honour of those who fought in World War I)

This is a beautiful rendition of 'Bring Back My Bonnie to Me', a traditional Scottish folk song. It features the vocals of Romanian-born American soprano Alma Gluck (1884 – 1938). The song was recorded in 1919 following the end of World War I (28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918). This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the digitised 78rpm recording published in the Internet Archive. (4.4 MiB, MP3, 3 minutes)


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The surf and the cliff (exquisite sea music in MP3)

'The surf and the cliff' evokes images of the sea and the majestic cliffs that inspired Claude Monet's paintings of Étretat. It was composed and performed by electronic music artist David Bayon, part of his album EN LA MAR - IN THE SEA. The recording is courtesy of Jamendo Music. It is redistributed by Marine Café Blog under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) licence. (8.8 MiB, MP3, 5:50 minutes)


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Lighthouse by Alice Mackay and Benfay (contemporary song in MP3)

'Lighthouse' is a beautiful song for all those who love lighthouses and the sea. It features the vocals of Irish singer Alice Mackay and the electronic music of Benjamin Fay (Benfay) of Switzerland. This song is courtesy of the netlabel Thinner via the Internet Archive. It may be copied for private, non-commercial use under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) licence. (11.2 MiB, MP3, 8:08 minutes) See also 'Lighthouse' by Rusty Draper with the Jack Halloran Singers.


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SHIP AHOY, SHIP AHOY, SHIP AHOY (song in MP3)

'SHIP AHOY, SHIP AHOY, SHIP AHOY' is about the stereotyical sailor who seeks out the girls when he comes on shore after a dreary time at sea. It features the delightful vocals of Jeroy Trio and The Highlanders singers. The original 78rpm record under the Spiro Records label was digitised for the Internet Archive by the California-based Kahle/Austin Foundation. (4.4 MiB, MP3, 2:36 minutes) See also 'Sailormen' by John Charles Thomas, anoher vintage song in MP3.


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AGUA by Alfredo Gonzalez Vilela (song in MP3)

In 'AGUA', Galician singer-songwriter Alfredo González Vilela pays tribute to water, a precious resource most people take for granted. This 2009 recording is courtesy of Jamendo Music . It is redistributed by Marine Café Blog under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) licence. (5.3 MiB, MP3, 3:47 minutes) Click here for the song lyrics in Spanish and English.


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Safe Harbor by Ed Askew (sailor’s song about love, MP3)

'Safe Harbor' is about a seafarer returning from the sea and finding safe harbour in his love. New York-based singer Ed Crane Askew performs the song with tenderness without sounding overly sentimental. Askew has made this recording available via the Free Music Archive under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 International License. (8.3 MiB, MP3, 4:33 minutes)


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Ship Shape (orchestral and acoustic music in MP3)

'Ship Shape' is an exhilarating piece of orchestral and acoustic music. It evokes images of the sea, sailing ships and cathedrals. The recording is courtesy of Jazzaria.com, which has not provided details as to the composer and performers. IMPORTANT: This is royalty-free music that can be redistributed. However, your usage.must be non-commercial and preserve the original work, and you must credit Jazzaria as your source. (6.3 MiB, MP3, 3:46 minutes)


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The Beach by Yusuke Tsutsumi (nautical music in MP3)

'The Beach' will captivate you with its beautiful tapestry of tones and emotions. It was written and performed by Yusuke Tsutsumi, a young musician (born in 1991) who began composing when he was 14 years old. 'The Beach' can be categorised as ambient/ experimental music. Mr. Tsutumi has made the recording available via the Free Music Archive under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) licence . (12 MiB, MP3, 5:13 minutes)


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A-Roving by Roger McGuinn (shanty in MP3)

'A-Roving' is a capstan song about a sailor's tryst with a woman in Amsterdam who was "mistress of her trade'. The refrain "I’ll go no more a-roving with thee, fair maid" suggests that the adventurous chap contracted some disease as a result of the one-night stand. Click here for the lyrics and some notes about the song. This recording is part of the Folk Den project of American musician Roger McGuinn, who made it available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States Licence . (3.6 MiB, MP3, 2:17 minutes)


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Wellerman (ringtone in MP3 for Android phones))

This ringtone is a cut from the whaling song 'Wellerman' which went viral on TikTok and other social networking platforms. As a backgrounder, 'Wellerman' is a folk song, not a sea shanty as some have erroneously categorised it. The "wellerman" in the title refers to the boat/skipper that brought supplies to the shore whaling stations in New Zealand in the 1830s and 40s. (593 KiB, MP3, 21 seconds) See also 'Wellerman' by Nathan Evans (full version).


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Venetian Boat Song Op. 19 No. 6 by Felix Mendelssohn (piano music, MP3)

German composer Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847) was enamoured with Venice. His first impressions of the city and its gondolas inpired him to compose 'Venetian Boat Song Op. 19 No. 6' for piano. This recording by an unidentified pianist is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the audio published by Netfocus Universal – Sweden on the Internet Archive. (6.5 MiB, MP3, 2:50 minutes) Read about Mendelssohn's love affair with Venetian gondolas here.


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Venice Aqua by Alvaro M. Rocha (poetic instrumental music in MP3)

'Venice Aqua' will make you feel that you're in Venice on a gondola. It was created and performed by Alvaro M. Rocha (stage name: AMR), a musician and audio engineer from Lisbon, Portugal. The piano playing interwoven with string and electronic ambient music can be rightly described as poetic. Rocha has made this recording available via the Internet Archive under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 Portugal licence. (4.2 MiB, MP3, 4:37 minutes)


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Blow the Man Down (sea shanty, ringtone for iPhone)

This is a wonderful ringtone for shanty-loving iPhone users. It is the intro to 'Blow the Man Down' recorded in 1941 by the legendary American folk singer Woody Guthrie (1912 – 1967). (253 KiB, m4r, 15 seconds) Click here to get the ringtone version for Android phones (MP3 format). You might also like American folk singer Roger McGuinn's version of 'Blow the Man Down'. Click here to play and download the complete shanty.


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Golden Vanity by Roger McGuinn (traditional sea ballad in MP3)

This song is about a cabin boy on the ship Golden Vanity who swims alongside an enemy ship and sinks it. He undertook the mission after being promised the hand of the captain's daughter. Not wanting to see his daughter get married, the captain breaks his promise and refuses to let the lad return to the ship. The boy is saved from drowning by his shipmates but dies on the deck. American folk singer Roger McGuinn has kindly made the recording available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States Licence . (4.5 MiB, MP3, 2:34 minutes)


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Si Mi Voz Muriera en Tierra (Spanish sea song in MP3)

'Si Mi Voz Muriera en Tierra' (If My Voice Dies on Land) is a song in Spanish that is remarkable for its poignant lyrics and haunting melody. It features the vocals of Galician singer-songwriter Alfredo González Vilela (born 1951), who sang it to the text of a poem by the highly acclaimed Spanish poet, Rafael Alberti (1902 – 1999). This recording was provided by Jamendo Music and is redistributed by Marine Café Blog under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) licence. ((3.4 MiB, MP3, 2:14 minutes) CLICK HERE for the original Spanish text of Rafael Alberti's poem with Englsh translation.


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Shenandoah by the U.S. Air Force Band (traditional folk song, MP3)

This is a breathtaking performance of the American folk song 'Shenandoah'. Recorded in 2017, it features the music and vocals of the United States Air Force Band. Click here for the origins and lyrics of the song. (3.4 MiB, MP3, 2:08 minutes) See also Harry Belafonte's version of Shenandoah'.


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The Rattling Bones of Gill McGee by The Black Bones (pirate song in MP3)

'The Rattling Bones of Gill McGee' literally rocks.This pirate song is by The Black Bones, a talented rock band from Vienna, Austria. The group has kindly shared it via the Free Music Archive under an Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.. (6.7 MiB, MP3, 3:55 minutes) See also 'Captain Blood' by The Black Bones.


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El Marinero (Dominican merengue song, MP3)

'El Marinero' (The Sailor) exemplifies the beauty and liveliness of merengue, a type of music that originated in the Dominican Republic. Recorded in 1955, the song features the music of Ricardo Rico, merengue composer and orchestra leader, with his Los Tipicos Dominicanos band and the vocals of Florinda Sanchez. The digitised 78rpm recording is from the Internet Archive, with some remastering by Marine Café Blog to enhance the sound quality. (5.4 MiB, MP3, 3:08 minutes)


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El Mar, el Cielo y Tú (romantic instrumental music, MP3)

'El Mar, el Cielo y Tú' (The Sea, the Sky and You) features the music of Agustín Lara and his Orchestra. Señor Lara (1900 – 1970) was a Mexican composer of popular songs who was well known in Latin America and Spain. This digitised copy of the 78rpm record from the 1950s is courtesy of the Internet Archive. (5.6 MiB, MP3, 3:22 minutes) See also the Spanish love song 'Prisionero del Mar' (Prisoner of the Sea).


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As I Sailed by Howard Mitchell and Ed Trickett (traditional ballad, MP3)

'As I Sailed' is a traditional folk song about Captain William Kidd, a Scottish sea captain who was tried and executed in London in 1701 for murder and piracy. The performers are noted American folk singers Howard Mitchell and Ed Trickett. The recording is from 1962 and was made available in the Free Music Archive under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US) licence . (7.5 MiB, MP3, 5:03 minutes)


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Haul Away Joe by Leonard Warren (shanty, MP3)

This is a dramatic version of 'Haul Away Joe', a popular short-drag shanty that has many variations in lyrics and musical arrangement. It was recorded in 1948 by American opera singer Leonard Warren (1911 – 1960) with orchestra conducted by Maurice Levine and chorus. The audio file is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the digitised 78rpm recording published in the Internet Archive. (4.6 MiB, MP3, 2:50 minutes) See also the version of 'Haul Away Joe' by American folk singer Howie Mitchell.


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Lighthouse by Ray Morton (ambient music in MP3)

'Lighthouse' by Ray Morton is a fine example of ambient music. The rich tapestry of sounds will transport you to the world of the lighthouse and the sea. This recording is courtesy of Jamendo Music and is covered by a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) licence. (6.4 MiB, MP3, 3:44 minutes) You might also like 'Lighthouse' by Rusty Draper and the Jack Halloran Singers.


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Sloop John B by Pete Seeger (folk song in MP3)

'Sloop John B' is a traditional folk song from the Bahamas, in particular its capital, Nassau. It was performed by American folk singer Pete Seeger (1919 – 2014) in 1966 on the television programme Rainbow Quest. This recording is courtesy of Internet Archive member Karl Blumenthal. (4.1 MiB, MP3, 2:52 minutes)


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Blue Danube (waltz music ringtone, MP3)

A beautiful ringtone for your beloved smartphone. This is a cut from Johann Strauss, Jr.'s famous waltz composition 'The Blue Danube' recorded by Bob Stanley and Orchestra in 1944. (457.9 KiB, MP3, 17 seconds) See also 'The Blue Danube' by the Vienna Philharmonic (full version).


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Lighthouse Song (easy listening pop music, MP3)

'Lighthouse Song' is a charming song about a lighthouse keeper's love story. It was recorded in 1951 by Burt Taylor with Percy Faith and his Orchestra. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the digitised 78rpm recording published in the Internet Archive. (5.6 MiB, MP3, 2:43 minutes)


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The Blue Danube by the Vienna Philharmonic (waltz music, MP3)

'The Blue Danube' was composed by Johann Strauss, Jr. in 1866 and is still the most beautiful waltz ever. It celebrates the joy of life and the majesty of the Danube, the second longest river in Europe after the Volga. This recording from 1934 features the great Vienna Philharmonic with Hungarian-born American conductor George Szell. It was provided by Internet Archive member Schwenk under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported licence. (12.2 MiB, MP3, 8:54 minutes) Read the interesting article, 'The Story Behind The Blue Danube'. CLICK HERE for a ringtone of 'The Blue Danube' in MP3 format.


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Ol’ Man River by Paul Robeson (remastered 1936 recording, MP3)

Ol' Man River' is a song from the 1927 American musical Show Boat about the toil and tribulation of African-Americans set against the backdrop of the Mississippi River. The narrative is told from the point of view of a black stevedore on a showboat, a floating theatre that travelled along the Mississippi (the "ol' man river") This version was performed by the baritone singer Paul Robeson (1898 – 1976), who was also a lawyer and civil rights activist. It is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the 1936 78rpm recording published in the Internet Archive. (4.3 MiB, MP3, 2:31 minutes)


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Anchors Aweigh by the Victor Military Band and The Four Clubmen (remastered 1942 recording, MP3)

Perk up your day with this version of the classic naval song, 'Anchors Aweigh'. It was performed by the Victor Military Band and The Four Clubmen as part of the 1942 Songs of the Service album. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the digitised 78rpm track published in the Internet Archive. (4.1 MiB, MP3, 2:12 minutes). See also 'Anchors Aweigh' by Phil Spitalny.


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What will We Do with a Drunken Sailor? by the Irish Rovers (shanty, for iPhones)

This is one of the most popular versions of 'What will We Do with a Drunken Sailor?' ('Drunken Sailor' for short). It is by The Irish Rovers, a group of Irish musicians formed in 1963 and renamed The Rovers in the 1980s. The audio file is in a format for use on iPhones (1.3 MiB, m4r, 2:38 minutes)


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I’m Popeye the Sailor Man (ringtone with vocals, MP3)

This delightful ringtone features the vocals of Allen Swift (1924–2010), an American voice actor best known for voicing cartoon characters. It is a cut from 'I'm Popeye the Sailor Man' provided by the Internet Archive. The song was included in the 1957 78rpm Official Popeye TV Album. (839 KiB, MP3, 24 seconds)


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Pirate Song by David S. Bispham (song composed by Henry F. Gilbert, MP3)

'Pirate Song" is the most famous work of American composer Henry F. Gilbert ((1868–1928). First published in 1902, it adopts words from Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Treasure Island' with additional stanzas by Alice H. Hyde. According to the Song of America website, the song "was immensely popular and was even performed for President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the White House." This 1911 recording features the voice of American operatic baritone David Scull Bispham (1857–1921). (3.7 MiB, MP3, 2:01 minutes)


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Day-o (Banana Boat) by the Grateful Dead (traditional Jamaican song in MP3

Sheer calypso energy in this version of 'Day-o' (also known as 'Banana Boat'). The song was performed live in 1987 at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena by the Grateful Dead, an American rock band active from 1965 to 1995. The recording is courtesy of Jonathan Aizen, who shared it via the Internet Archive. (3.4 MiB, MP3, 2:30 minutes) Harry Belafonte's classic rendition of the song, which was recorded in 1955, can be played and downloaded here.


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Lorelei (Siren Singing) by Ned Pedersen (original song in MP3)

'Lorelei (Siren Singing)' was written, arranged and performed by Ned Pedersen, a singer-musician from Texas. The song is based on the popular German legend of Lorelei, a beautiful young woman who threw herself into the River Rhine in despair over a faithless lover. She was then transformed into a siren whose haunting music lured fishermen and sailors to their destruction. Pedersen has kindly shared this recording under an Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Creative Commons Licence. (5.7 MiB, MP3, 4:11 minutes)


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Jonah and the Whale by Louis Armstrong (song in MP3)

Jazz immortal Louis Armstrong (1901 – 1971) performs 'Jonah and the Whale' with the Decca Mixed Chorus. They are accompanied by two pianos, guitar, string bass, and drums.The song is based on the biblical story of the prophet Jonah and was composed by Robert MacGimsey. The performance was recorded in 1938 with composer/conductor Lynn Murray directing. This is a remaster of the original recording. (4.6 MiB, MP3, 2:4o minutes)


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Anchors Aweigh (ringtone for iPhones)

This naval ringtone will grab your attention and that of your friends and colleagues. It features the intro to 'Anchors Aweigh' performed by Phil Spitalny (1890 – 1970), a Ukrainian-American musician, composer, and bandleader. (490.6 KiB, m4r, 30 seconds) CLICK HERE to download the MP3 version for Android phones.


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Anchors Aweigh (ringtone for Android phones, MP3)

This naval ringtone will grab your attention and that of your friends and colleagues. It features the intro to 'Anchors Aweigh' performed by Phil Spitalny (1890 – 1970), a Ukrainian-American musician, composer, and bandleader. (253 KiB, MP3, 30 seconds) CLICK HERE to download the iPhone version of this ringtone.  


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Anchors Aweigh by Phil Spitalny (remastered 1930 recording, MP3)

'Anchors Aweigh' is the unofficial theme song of the United States Navy. It was composed in 1906 by Charles A. Zimmermann, an American composer of marches and popular music. The lyrics were written by American songwriter Alfred Hart Miles This remaster of a 1930 recording features the music of Phil Spitalny (1890 – 1970), a Ukrainian-American musician, composer, and bandleader. (1.2 MiB, MP3, 2:33 minutes) Get 'Anchors Aweigh' as a ringtone for your Android phone.CLICK HERE to download.


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Sailormen by John Charles Thomas (vintage song in MP3)

'Sailormen' is a song from the 1930s about the hard life at sea. But it is light and entertaining, and the ending will make the listener smile. The singer is American baritone John Charles Thomas (1891 – 1960,) accompanied at the piano by American classical pianist Carroll Hollister. The words were written by Herb Roth with Jacques Wolfe as composer. This recording was digitised and restored from the 1934 vinyl record.  (3.1 MiB, MP3, 2:48 minutes)


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Port of Many Ships (song version of a John Masefield poem, MP3)

This is a splendid musical version of 'Port of Many Ships', a poem written by British Poet Laureate John Masefield (1878.– 1967). It was recorded in 1928 by American baritone concert singer Keith Falkner with a symphony orchestra. The recording is courtesy of the Internet Archive. Masefield's 'Port of Many Ships' is included in his 'Salt-Water Poems and Ballads'. CLICK HERE to download the book. (1.5 MiB, MP3. 1:55 minutes) See also 'Trade Winds', another John Masefield poem sung by Keith Falkner.


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Trade Winds by Keith Falkner (song version of John Masefield’s poem in MP3)

English opera singer Sir Donald Keith Falkner (1900 –1994) delivers the goods in this 1928 recording of John Masefield's poem 'Trade Winds'. Falkner had an "extensive, warmly resonant bass-baritone voice and superb diction," the British newspaper The Independent noted in its 1994 obituary of the man. This recording is courtesy of the Internet Archive. For the full text of the poem 'Trade Winds', click here. (2.0 MiB, MP3, 2:37 minutes)


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South Australia by Roger McGuinn (sea shanty in MP3)

'South Australia' is a capstan shanty sung by the wool traders (and later the wheat traders) who worked the clipper ships between Australian ports and London. The performer is American musician Roger McGuinn, who says about 'South Australia': "This is well known as a farewell song, sung at the docks as the big ships were leaving. The men grew a sentimental attachment to the song and were even known to request a rousing chorus on their death beds, so that they could die happy." This recording is provided by McGuinn under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States licence (3.0 MiB, MP3, 3:15 minutes)


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The Shanty Book by Richard Runciman Terry (Parts I and II in one PDF file)

'The Shanty Book' by Sir Richard Runciman Terry is a classic in the literature of sea shanties. A noted English organist, choirmaster and music scholar, Terry collected and annotated a total of 65 shanties for this Curwen Edition published in two volumes in 1926. The collection includes pianoforte accompaniments and interesting notes on the origins of the songs and their use at sea. Parts I and II of 'The Shanty Book' are courtesy of the UR Resarch at the University of Rochester in New York. For the reader's convenience, Marine Café Blog has merged them into a single PDF file. (11.7 MiB, PDF, 157 pages)


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Bold Riley by Hazel Askew (traditional song in MP3)

'Bold Riley' is sung by London singer-musician Hazel Askew with such sweet tenderness that you'll want to hear it more than once. The song is about a woman having to cope with the pain of being separated from her sailor-husband. This recording is courtesy of the English Folk Dance and Song Society and made available on Marine Café Blog for your private non-commerical use..The Society has published a pamphlet that provides the lyrics and additional information for 'Bold Riley' and the related song 'Adieu, sweet lovely Nancy'. Click here to download it. (4.5 MiB, MP3, 3:17 minutes)


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A Sailor’s Life: Long Distance Love (pamphlet)

This pamphlet from the English Folk Dance and Song Society spotlights long distance love involving the sailors of yore with focus on two traditional songs -- 'Adieu, sweet lovely Nancy' and 'Bold Riley'. An excerpt: "For the wives of low ranking sailors, they lived difficult lives at home in Britain. The sailors were only paid once their ship returned to Britain. Therefore, the wives and children often had to find work to earn money for food and shelter. Sometimes the wives and children would even resort to begging in the streets" The English Folk Dance and Song Society has allowed the copying of this copyrighted material for non-commercial educational purposes. (736 KiB, PDF, 11 pages)


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‘Leis a Lurrighan’ by Ceili Moss (traditional Scottish sea song in MP3)

This version of 'Leis a Lurrighan' is by Ceili Moss, a Belgian band who describe their music as "acoustic folk-rock with guts and melodies, with a Northern European edge, not afraid of colouring a bit outside of the lines" The song is about a frightful voyage by sailors on a stormy sea at night. The title translates to "with the Lurrighan" (presumably the name of the ship). Click here for the lyrics. This recording is made available by Ceili Moss under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) licence. (5.4 MiB, MP3, 2:47 minutes)


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Shenandoah by Harry Belafonte (classic ballad in MP3)

Harry Belafonte's version of the classic American ballad 'Shenandoah' is poignant and absolutely beautiful. The song was recorded in 1952 by Belafonte with Millard Thomas at the guitar. The original 78rpm record was digitised for the Internet Archive by the California-based Kahle/Austin Foundation. 'Shenandoah' has a colourful story behind it. CLICK HERE to learn more. (5.5 MiB, MP3, 3:17) minutes)


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Lighthouse (pop and country song in MP3)

'Lighthouse' has a vigorous tempo and an interesting narrative told from the point of view of a lighthouse. The song was written by American singer-songwriter Jim Lowe (1923 – 2016). It was performed and recorded in 1953 by American pop and country singer Rusty Draper (1923 – 2003) with the Jack Halloran Singers. The original 78rpm record was digitised for the Internet Archive by the California-based Kahle/Austin Foundation.(3.9 MiB, MP3, 2:48 minutes)


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Leaving of Liverpool by Roger McGuinn (traditional folk song in MP3)

American singer-musician Roger McGuinn does a sweet version of 'Leaving of Liverpool'. The song is about a sailor bidding farewell to a woman and expressing his hope that they would soon be reunited. This recording is part of McGuinn's Folk Den project and is covered by a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States Licence . (3.4 MiB, MP3, 2:30 minutes)


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Young Susan (traditional English folk song in MP3)

'Young Susan' is about a young woman who dresses up as a man to join the crew of a British man-of-war. It was taboo then for women to join the navy or even board a naval ship. The belief was that their presence would create mischief and disorder on board. The song has an interesting narrative and is performed by Hazel Askew, a singer, musician and composer from London. It is courtesy of the English Folk Dance and Song Society. (4.1MiB,MP3, 2:58 minutes)


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Rio Grande by Mordy Bauman with instrumental accompaniment (shanty in MP3)

This wonderful version of the outward-bound shanty 'Rio Grande' (also known as 'Away Rio') was performed by American baritone Mordy Bauman (1912–2007). The original 78rpm record was digitised for the Internet Archive by the California-based Kahle/Austin Foundation. Note that the song refers to the Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, not the Rio Grande between Texas and Mexico. (4.8 MiB, MP3, 3:03 minutes)


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A-Roving & Drunken Sailor by Mordy Bauman (back to back shanties in MP3)

These back to back shanties by American baritone Mordy Bauman (1912–2007) are full of exuberance. 'A-roving' is about a sailor's escapade in Amsterdam's redlight district. It is followed by the equally bouncy 'Drunken Sailor'. The original 78rpm record containing the two songs was digitised for the Internet Archive by the California-based Kahle/Austin Foundation. (4.8 MiB, MP3, 2:53 minutes)


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Drunken Sailor by Flatbed (live performance, MP3)

This version of the well-known shanty 'Drunken Sailor' has the energy and ambience of a live tavern performance. It was performed by the American musical band Flatbed in June 2011 at the Sportsmen's Tavern in Buffalo, New York. The audio file is courtesy of the Internet Archive. (5.3 MiB, MP3, 3:47 minutes) CLICK HERE to see other versions of 'Drunken Sailor'.


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Wellerman by Nathan Evans (whaling song in m4r for iPhones)

'Wellerman' is a New Zealand whaling song dating back to the 1830s. It is a folk song, not a sea shanty as some have erroneously categorised it. The "wellerman" in the title refers to the boat/skipper that brought supplies to the shore whaling stations in New Zealand in the 1830s and 40s. The performer is Nathan Evans, a Scottish singer (born 1994) known for singing and popularising sea shanties. This audio file is from the Internet Archive. (2.6 MiB, M4R, 2;33 minutes) Click here for the complete lyrics of 'Wellerman' and some historical notes.


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Wellerman by Nathan Evans (whaling song in MP3)

'Wellerman' is a New Zealand whaling song dating back to the 1830s. It is a folk song, not a sea shanty as some have erroneously categorised it. The "wellerman" in the title refers to the boat/skipper that brought supplies to the shore whaling stations in New Zealand in the 1830s and 40s. The performer is Nathan Evans, a Scottish singer (born 1994) known for singing and popularising sea shanties. This audio file is from the Internet Archive. (5.9 MiB, MP3, 2;34 minutes)

Learn more about this song in The Wellerman: A popular song misunderstood.


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Whiskey Johnny by Mordy Bauman (shanty, baritone with instrumental accompaniment)

This version of the popular shanty 'Whiskey Johnny' has a bouncy tune and very funny lyrics. The song was perforned by American baritone Mordy Bauman (1912–2007) with instrumental accompaniment. It is part of a collection called 'Songs of American Sailormen'. The original 78rpm record was digitised for the Internet Archive by the California-based Kahle/Austin Foundation. Another version of 'Whiskey Johnny' is available here.


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Home Dearie Home (song of a homesick sailor, MP3)

'Home Dearie Home' is an old ballad in which the narrator, a sailor, longs to be back home (Boston, Massachusetts, in this version). The song was perforned by American baritone Mordy Bauman (1912–2007), part of a collection called 'Songs of American Sailormen'. The original 78rpm record was digitised for the Internet Archive by the California-based Kahle/Austin Foundation. (3.8 MiB, MP3, 2:05 minutes) See also the homeward-bound shanty,'Rolling Home'.


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The Constitution and Guerrière by Mordy Bauman (traditional song in MP3)

'The Constitution and Guerriere' is a patriotic song about the victory of the U.S.S. Constitution against the British H.M.S. Guerrière in the War of 1812. This version is by the American baritone, Mordy Bauman (1912–2007). The original 78rpm was digitised for the Internet Archive by the California-based Kahle/Austin Foundation. (5.4 MiB, MP3, 3:05 minutes). Click here to learn more about the song and the battle between the Constitution and the Guerrière.


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Song of the Seagull by Howard M. Branson (song in MP3)

'Song of the Seagull' is from the 2004 album of Howard M. Branson, an English singer-musician who was born in 1959 in the seaside town of Blackpool, Lancashire. The singer identifies with the roving spirit of the seagull. His thoughts turn to his own self-searching and his hometown: "But there must be a reason a seagull never settles down,/ perhaps he wonders if he's seen the last of this old town/ like I do/ I'm wondering too." This song is provided by Jamendo Music under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) licence. (3.2 MiB, MP3, 2:43 minutes)


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Greenland Whale Fisheries by Three Jolly Rogues (sea song in MP3)

'Greenland Whale Fisheries' is an old whaling song that dates back to at least the 18th century (click here to learn more about the song). This version is a one-off recording in 1963 of three American musican friends: Ginny Dildine, Ann Hurt, Howie Mitchell (the 'Three Jolly Rogues'). It is courtesy of the Free Music Archive and comes with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States licence.. (3.3 MiB, MP3, 4:05 minutes)


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To the Lighthouse by Memoryhouse (song in MP3)

'To the Lighthouse' is by Memoryhouse, the Guleph, Ontario-based duo of photogapher Denise Nouvion (vocals) and neo-classical composer Evan Abeele (instruments / production). Released as a single in 2009, the song is representative of experimental pop and shoegaze (sometimes called 'dream pop'). Memoryhouse has made it available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) licence . (7.9 MiB, MP3, 3:25 minutes) Click here for the complete lyrics of 'To the Lighthouse'.


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The Fish in the Sea by Three Jolly Rogues (fishermen’s song in MP3)

'The Fish in the Sea' is a traditional fishermen's song that celebrates the bounty of the sea and the joy of sailing. There are various lyrics and arrangements of the song, which has also been documented as a sea shanty. This version is a one-off recording in 1963 of three American musican friends: Ginny Dildine, Ann Hurt, Howie Mitchell (the 'Three Jolly Rogues'). It is courtesy of the Free Music Archive and comes with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States licence.(2.5 MiB, MP3, 3:11 minutes) Click here for more about 'The Fish in the Sea'


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The Bold Fisherman by Allister Thompson (English folk song in MP3)

The Bold Fisherman is a traditional English folk song that tells a charming love story involving a young woman and a fisherman. Click here for the complete lyrics and some intersting background info. It is performed by Allister Thompson, a Canadian guitarist and songwriter. The recording is covered by a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence. (5.3 MiB, MP3, 5:49 minutes)


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Blow the Man Down by Leonard Warren with orchestra & chorus (shanty in MP3)

'Blow the Man Down' remains one of the most popular shanties. This rousing version was recorded in 1949 by American baritone Leonard Warren (1911 – 1960) with orchestra and chorus. The original 78rpm record was digitised for the Internet Archive by the California-based Kahle/Austin Foundation. (3.0 M, MP3, 2:16 minutes) What does the expression 'blow the man down' mean? Click here for some answers.


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The Coast of High Barbary by Pete Seeger and trio (ballad in MP3)

The Coast of High Barbary is a traditional song popular among British and American sailors of yore. This version is by American folk singer Pete Seeger (1919–2014) and trio, accompanied by a five-string banjo and guitar. It was included in a 1941 album which was digitised for the Internet Archive by the California-based Kahle-Austin Foundation. (3.1 MiB, MP3, 2:29 minutes) .Click here for the complete lyrics of the song as it was sung by English mariners.


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A Long Time Ago (aka ‘Noah’s Ark’) by Roger McGuinn (shanty in MP3)

A Long Time Ago is a halyard shanty that gives the story of Noah's ark a humourous twist. The lead singer is American musician Roger McGuinn, who has made this shanty available as part of his Folk Den project. The song is covered by a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States Licence . (2.8 MiB,MP3, 2:03 minutes) Click here to read the lyrics of the song.


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Drunken Sailor (piano version, ringtone in MP3)

Your beloved mobile phone deserves a special ringtone. This is an abbreviated piano version of the highly popular sea shanty, Drunken Sailor. (548.6 KiB, MP3, 23 seconds)


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Song of the Volga Boatmen (orchestra with male chorus, restored, MP3)

The Song of the Volga Boatmen is a well-known Russian traditional song. It was originally sung by burlaks, men who pulled barges against the current on the Volga River during the time of the Russian Empire. This version was restored from a 1926 vinyl record featuring the Brunswick Concert Orchestra with a male chorus. (3.5 MiB, MP3, 3:12 minutes)

Read the Marine Café Blog review of this famous song: 'The Song of the Volga Boatmen: Hail to the human spirit'.


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Blow the Man Down by Mordy Bauman (sea shanty in MP3)

This is one of many variations of the 19th-century sea shanty, 'Blow the Man Down'. Performing is American baritone Mordy Bauman (1912–2007). The original 78rpm record from 1948 was digitised for the Internet Archive by the California-based Kahle/Austin Foundation. (3.7 MiB, MP3, 3 minutes) See also 'Blow the Man Down' by Woody Guthrie, the legendary American folk singer.


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Song of the Volga Boatmen by Feodor Chaliapin (traditional Russian song, MP3)

Russian opera singer Feodor Chaliapin (1873–1938) is credited with making the 'Song of the Volga Boatmen' ('Eh, Ukhnem' or 'Yo, Heave Ho!') famous throughout the world. His powerful and expressive basso profundo voice shines through in this early 20th century recording. (5.2 MiB, MP3, 3:15 minutes) Click here to find out more about Feodor Chaliapin's life and musical career.


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Pushboat by Roger McGuinn (traditional ballad in MP3)

Working with boats is no picnic as the lyrics of 'Pushboat' suggest. Performing the ballad is American folk singer Roger McGuinn, who writes: "This Mississippi River song speaks of the hard life spent by the boatmen who piloted pushboats. These narrow craft traveled downstream, being steered by a long pole, pushed against the bank. This was a very labor intensive occupation. There were long hours of slow going, and songs like this made the time seem to pass a little more quickly." The recording has been provided by McGuinn under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States licence . (2.9 MiB, MP3, 3:08 minutes)


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The Banana Boat Song (Day-o) by Sarah Vaughan (Jamaican dock workers’ song, MP3)

'The Banana Boat Song' (Day-o) is by Sarah Vaughan (1924–1990), an American jazz singer who won four Grammy Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award.The song was written by Alan Arkin, Bob Carey and Erik Darling and is an adaptation of the traditional Jamaican song made popular by Harry Belafonte. This is a Marine Café Blog remaster of the digitised 78rpm recording published in the Internet Archive. (3.9 MiB, MP3, 2:21 minutes)


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What Will We Do with a Drunken Sailor by the Irish Rovers (ringtone in MP3)

A bouncy ringtone for your beloved smartphone! This is a cut from the popular Irish Rovers version of 'What Will We Do with a Drunken Sailor' or 'Drunken Sailor' for short. (374.8 KiB, MP3, 17 seconds)


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Henry Martyn by Burl Ives (sea ballad in MP3)

'Henry Martyn' (also spelled 'Henry Martin") is a traditional ballad about a Scottish lad who becomes a pirate to support himself and his two elder brothers. This haunting version was performed by American singer Burl Ives (1909–1995), part of his 1944 album 'The Wayfaring Stranger'. Licence: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0). (3.2 MiB, MP3, 3:03 minutes) Cick here for the complete lyrics and some historical notes about 'Henry Martyn'. See also 'Henry Martin' by Howie Mitchell.


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The Flying Dutchman (vocals and orchestra in MP3)

"The Flying Dutchman" is about the legendary phantom ship doomed to sail forever, its appearance to seamen said to portend imminent disaster. The song was written by Ervin Drake and Jimmy Shirl and performed by American arranger and composer Hugo Winterhalter (1909–1973) and his orchestra. It was digitised from the original 1950 78rpm record by the California-based Kahle-Austin Foundation for the Internet Archive. (4.0 MiB, MP3, 3:04 minutes) Click here to read some legends surrounding the Flying Dutchman.


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Leave Her, Johnny by Hazel Askew (shanty in MP3)

'Leave Her, Johnny' was traditionally sung when the ship was docked and the crew looked forward to leaving her after their last voyage. It speaks of the hardships of seafaring: "Oh the work was hard and the voyage was long,/ The sea was high and the gales were strong./ The food was bad and the ship was slow,/ But now ashore again we'll go." Performing is Hazel Askew, a London-based singer, musician and composer. The recording is courtesy of the English Folk Dance and Song Society and is published by Marine Café Blog for your personal, non-commercial use. (5.9 MiB, MP3, 4:18 minutes)


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Deep Blue Sea by Roger McGuinn (ballad in MP3)

American folk singer-musician Roger McGuinn does a beautiful and poigant version of 'Deep Blue Sea'. He notes about the song's lyrcs: "These lyrics can be found in many traditional songs. They may be from an old English ballad. The tune suggests West Indian origin. In any case it’s a woman who has lost her loved one to the sea and hopes he will return." This recording is courtesy of McGuinn and is published by Marine Café Blog under his Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States Licence . (5.9 MiB, MP3, 4:18 minutes) See also 'Deep Blue Sea' by American folk singer Howie Mitchell.  


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Auld Lang Syne by the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Band (traditional song in MP3)

Sing along to 'Auld Lang Syne' wonderfully performed by the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Band. Although 'Auld Lang Syne' is not a nautical song, seafarers can sing this tradiional Scottish ballad on New Year's Eve or any special occasion as a toast to old friends and shipmates. (1004.1 KiB, MP3, 1:04 minutes) See also 'Auld Lang Syne' by American folk singer-musician Roger McGuinn.


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Talcahuano Gals by Roger McGuinn (alternative version of ‘Spanish Ladies’, MP3)

'Talcahuano Gals' is an alternative version by American folk singer and musician Roger McGuinn of the English sea shanty 'Spanish Ladies'. Talcahuano is a port city in Chile. McGuinn has made the song available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States Licence . (4.3 MiB, MP3, 3:07 minutes). See also Roger McGuinn's 'Spanish Ladies' For the lyics of 'Talcahuano Gals' click here,


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Auld Lang Syne by Roger McGuinn (Scottish song in MP3)

'Auld Lang Syne' ("old long since" in standard English) is not a nautical song but it is one that seafarers would love. It is a traditional Scottish song that is usually sung to toast old friends and bid farewell to the old year at midnight of New Year's Eve. The lyrics also make reference to the sea. This version is by Roger McGuinn, an American folk singer and the man behind the Folk Den Project.It has been made available by McGuinn under a Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 US. . (2.1 MiB, MP3, 2:17 minutes) Click here to read the complete lyrics.


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Rolling Home by Pinniped (folk song in MP3)

'Rolling Home' by Pinniped is a folk song version of the popular homeward-bound shanty. Pinniped is a folk music trio made up of Erik Correia (guitar, vocals), Sarah Kellington (violin, vocals), and Bill Kellington (bodhran, guitar, voice). They play traditional Celtic inspired music. This song is from the Free Music Archive and comes with an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence . (6 MiB, MP3, 3:08 minutes)


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Deep Blue Sea by Howie Mitchell w/ Jean Ritchie (folk song in MP3)

'Deep Blue Sea' is a sad but beautiful song that somehow calms the spirit. It was performed by American folk singer Howie Mitchell backed up by Jean Ritchie, who recorded it in 1956. Licence: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) licence . (3.6 MiB, MP3, 3:30 minutes)


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I Saw Three Ships by Roger McGuinn (a Christmas song in MP3)

'I Saw Three Ships' is a symbolical nautical song that celebrates the joy of Christmas. Performing is Roger McGuinn, an American singer who was the frontman for the musical band The Byrds. The song is courtesy of McGuinn's Folk Den Project and is published by Marine Café Blog under a Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 US. . (1.9 MiB, MP3, 2:05 minutes)


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Island in the Sun by Harry Belafonte (song in MP3)

"Island in the Sun" is a celebration of the simple life on a tropical isle. The song was written by Harry Belafonte and Irving Burgie (Lord Burgess) and performed by Belafonte for the 1957 film 'Island in the Sun' in which he appeared. This audio is from a 1957 television performance by Belafonte. (1.6 MiB, MP3, 1:39 minutes)


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Drunken Sailor (shanty, choral rendition, MP3)

An awesome version of the popular shanty 'Drunken Sailor' by The Roger Wagner Chorale. Founded in 1946, the Chorale was one of the first professional choral ensembles in the United States. This song was included in the group's 1955 album 'Folk Songs Of The New World' and is courtesy of the Internet Archive. (2.1 MiB, MP3, 1:40 minutes)


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Haul Away Joe (ringtone in MP3 for Android phones)

Pep up your smartphone with 'Haul Away Joe'. This fun ringtone is a cut from the sea shanty popular with British sailors in the 18th century and later with American seamen. (185.1 KiB, MP3, 17 seconds)


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Haul Away Joe by Howie Mitchell (sea shanty, MP3)

This charming version of the popular shanty 'Haul Away Joe' is by American folk singer Howie Mitchell. Recorded in 1956 by fellow folk singer Jean Ritchie, the song is courtesy of Mr. Mitchell and comes with an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) licence . (1.4 MiB, MP3, 1:32 minutes).


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Henry Martin by Howie Mitchell (traditional Scottish folk song, MP3)

'Henry Martin' is about Henry Martin, the youngest of three brothers who becomes a pirate to support his siblings. Howard Mitchell's version was recorded by fellow American folk singer Jean Ritchie in 1956. It is published by Marine Café Blog under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) licence . (2.4 MiB, MP3, 2:50 minutes) Click here for the complete lyrics of 'Henry Martin' and some background information.


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Drunken Sailor by the Blaggards (Celtic rock version, MP3)

This rock version of the popular shanty 'Drunken Sailor' was performed live by the four-man band Blaggards at Southern Star Brewery "Loading Dock" on 28th March 2015 in Conroe, Texas. The live recording is courtesy of the Blaggards via the Internet Archive. Visit the official Blaggards website to find out more about this Celtic rock band. (5.3 MiB, MP3, 3:43 minutes)


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Sails by Forget the Whale (song in MP3)

'Sails' is a wonderful song with elements of pop rock, blues and alternative music. Performing is the American pop rock band, Forget the Whale. This song is provided by this talented group of musicians under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) licence (16 MiB, MP3, 6:39 minutes)


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Song of the Volga Boatmen (orchestral music, MP3)

'Song of the Volga Boatmen' is a well-known traditional Russian song. It was originally sung by burlaks (barge haulers) on the Volga River, the longest river in Europe. This version by an unidentified orchestra is part of a collection of classical tracks recorded by American composer and musician Kevin MacLeod under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) licence. (2.2 MiB, MP3, 1 minute) NOTE: The audio file was remastered by Marine Café Blog to play at a higher quality 320 kbps.


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Adieu, Sweet Lovely Nancy (traditional song in MP3)

'Adieu, Sweet Lovely Nancy' is a traditional English song featuring the beautiful voice of Hazel Askew,a London-based singer, musician and workshop leader. It is sung from the point of a sailor who bids farewell to his beloved Nancy before going to sea. Although it references the navy and war, the song should appeal to all seafarers. The audio file is courtesy of the English Folk Dance and Song Society and published in Marine Café Blog to be used for non-commercial purposes only. (3.9 MiB, MP3, 2:51 minutes)


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Yeave Ho by Roots Acappella (shanty in MP3)

Enjoy this beautiful version of the pulling shanty, 'Yeave Ho', by Roots Acapella, a youth choir from Devon, England. The audio file is courtesy of the London-based English Folk Dance & Song Society. (1.0 MiB, MP3, 1:06 minutes)


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Pirates of the Coast by The Black Bones (song in MP3)

A wonderful song for all pirate fans. 'Pirates of the Coast' by The Black Bones is courtesy of Freemusicarchive.org and published on the Marine Café Blog website under an Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.. ((6.2 MiB, MP3, 4:01 minutes)


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Drink Up Me Mateys by The Black Bones (pirate song in MP3)

'Drink Up Me Mateys'  by The Black Bones is a heady song celebrating the pirate's life of adventure and danger. It is courtesy of Freemusicarchive.org and distributed by Marine Café Blog under an Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License . (5.5 MiB, MP3, 3:52 minutes)


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Sailor Song by the Peerless Quartet (vintage song in MP3)

'Sailor Song' was recorded in 1915 by The Peerless Quartet, an American vocal group that recorded in the early years of the 20th century. The audio file comes from the Freemusicarchive.org under a Public Domain / Sound Recording Common Law Protection License . (2.1 MiB, MP3, 2:52 minutes)


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Bring Back My Bonnie to Me (traditional folk song in MP3)

This vintage version of 'Bring Back My Bonnie to Me' (alternate title, 'My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean') features the complete lyrics of the traditional Scottish folk song. Recorded in 1906, it was peformed by the orchestra-backed Haydn Quartet, one of the most popular quartets in the early part of the 20th century. (5.4 MiB, MP3, 2:20 minutes)


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Captain Blood by The Black Bones (buccaneer sailing song in MP3)

'Captain Blood' is an exuberant pirate song by The Black Bones music band, part of their 2010 album, Pirates of the Coast. This recording was made available by The Black Bones under an Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.. (8.9 MiB, MP3, 4:14 minutes)


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Drunken Sailor (acoustic version) by the Rijsel Irish Boy’Z (sea shanty in MP3)

This version of 'Drunken Sailor' may well be playing at a rock concert or a drinking party. The audio file is courtesy of American archivist Jason Scott on Archive.org and licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) licence. (4 MiB, MP3, 3:59 minutes)


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Seagull by The Mind Orchestra (a New Age song in MP3)

'Seagull' is a New Age song from The Mind Orchestra, whose music is designed to inspire and heal. This audio file is from Freemusicarchive.org. It is licensed under a Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0) licence . (5.2 MiB, MP3, 3:37 minutes) See also ''Song of the Seagull' by English singer-musician Howard M. Branson.


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The Pirate Song by David Rovics (pop song in MP3)

'The Pirate Song' is a jolly tune by David Rovics (b. 1967), an American songwriter, blogger and podcaster. It is courtesy of Freemusicarchive.org and licensed under an Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States licence. (4 MiB, MP3, 1:50 minutes)


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My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean (ringtone for iPhone)

A lovely ringtone of My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean, a traditional Scottish folk song popular in Western culture. This audio file  features the voice of UK folk singer Carolyn Robson and is courtesy of the English Folk Dance and Song Society. (190.1 KiB, M4R, 31 seconds)


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Heave Away by Roger McGuinn (sea shanty in MP3)

This version of 'Heave Away' is by Roger Mcguinn, an American folk singer and former frontman of the rock music band The Byrds. Licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States. (615.0 KiB, MP3, 2:37 minutes) There are many variations to the lyrics of 'Heave Away'. According to the music website Contemplator.com, the shanty is also known as 'Heave Away, Me Johnnies', and dates back to the Irish migration of the 1840s and 1850s.


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Drunken Sailor (iPhone ringtone, instrumental)

A merry ringtone for your iPhone! This is the instrumental intro to the very popular sea shanty, 'Drunken Sailor'. (258.7 KiB, M4R, 16 seconds) See also the rock-style ringtone of 'Drunken Sailor' for iPhones (CLICK HERE)


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Away, Rio (sea shanty recorded in 1939)

'Away, Rio' (also known as 'Rio Grande') is an outward-bound shanty sung by sailors at the capstan or windlass whilst lifting anchor. This 1939 recording has a certain raw charm and features the unaccompanied vocals of Captain Leighton Robinson, Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur, and Leighton McKenzie. It is courtesy of the Library of Congress, W.P.A. California Folk Music Project collection. (3.0 MiB, MP3, 4 minutes) CLICK HERE for a contemporary version of 'Away Rio' by Roger McGuinn.


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Island in the Sun (Harry Belafonte – MP3 ringtone)

This charming ringtone features the opening stanza of 'Island in the Sun', which Jamaican-American singer and songwriter Harry Belafonte performed for the 1957 film Island in the Sun. The song talks about the simple life on a Caribbean island. It was co-written by Belafonte with American songwriter-musician Irving Burgie. (706 KiB, MP3, 26 seconds)


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Her Sweet Sailor Boy (old American folk song in MP3)

'Her Sweet Sailor Boy' tells the poignant story of a woman who dies for love after learning that her sweetheart has perished at sea. The song is said to have been sung by the early settlers in California. This 1938 recording is part of 'California Gold: Northern California Folk Music from the Thirties Collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell' of the Library of Congress. (728.1 KiB, MP3, 1:33 minutes)


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Sally Brown (sea shanty in MP3)

'Sally Brown' is a capstan shanty with varying lyrics. This version was recorded in 1939 and forms part of the Library of Congress' W.P.A. California Folk Music Project collection. It features the unaccompanied vocals of Alex Barr, Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur, Leighton McKenzie, and Leighton Robinson. (6.6 MiB, MP3, 2:53 minutes) The Sally Brown in the song title is a Creole lady (woman from the Caribbean of mixed European and black descent). An interesting note on the song can be found here.


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The Mermaid (a comic sea song in MP3)

'The Mermaid' (also known as 'Down in the Diving Bell') is about a young sailor who falls in love with a mermaid and marries her. This 1938 recording features the unaccompanied vocals of Warde H. Ford. It is courtesy of the Library of Congress, W.P.A. California Folk Music Project collection. (1.6 MiB, MP3, 2:01 minutes) For more about mermaids in music, click here.


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Banana Boat (Day-o) by Harry Belafonte (for iPhones)

This is a digitised verion of Belafonte's original recording of 'Banana Boat (Day-o)', a traditional Jamaican song. It has been converted for use on iPhones (3.1 MiB, M4R, 3:01 minutes)


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The Old Skipper (folk song in MP3)

'The Old Skipper' was sung and recorded in 1937 by Captain Pearl R. Nye. The singing is laid-back and the narrative, colourful and charming. (5.8 MiB, MP3, 4:23 minutes) See also Captain Nye's 'In a Storm at Sea'.


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Drunken Sailor (ringtone in MP3, chorus)

Liven up your smartphone with this ringtone. It is a cut from the popular sea shanty 'Drunken Sailor' performed by the 80-member Midshipmen Glee Club of the U.S. Naval Academy. (436.4 KiB, MP3, 18 seconds)


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In a Storm at Sea (old folk song in MP3)

'In a Storm at Sea" tells about a ship which is battered by a stormy sea but, by God's mercy, eventually finds safety in a harbour with its entire crew. It was sung and recorded in 1937 by Captain Pearl R. Nye (1872-1950). This audio file is courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress, for which Captain Nye transcribed the lyrics of hundreds of songs. (1.8 MiB, MP3, 1:07 minutes)


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Leaving of Liverpool (traditional folk song in MP3)

'(The) Leaving of Liverpool' is a traditional folk song about a 19th-century mariner bidding farewell to his beloved before he sails from the town of Liverpool, England, to Californa, USA.  It is also known as 'Fare Thee Well, My Own True Love', This lively version is courtesy of the Maritime Museum of San Diego in California, part of its Gold Rush Sea Chanteys collection. (2.1 MiB, MP3, 2:37 minutes) For more about 'The Leaving of Liverpool', see American folklorist Stephen D. Winick's article. (Click here)


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“Sung With Gusto by the Men”: A Unique Recording of “The Leaving of Liverpool” (article by Stephen D. Winick)

American folklorist Stephen D. Winick tracks the history and various recordings of the traditional folk song, 'The Leaving of Liverpool'. His highly informative article appeared in the Summer/Fall 2008 edition of the Folklife Center News, edited by Winick and published by The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. (1.1 MiB, PDF, 12 pages)


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Drunken Sailor (ringtone for iPhones)

Enjoy hearing one of the most popular sea shanties every time your iPhone rings. The ringtone is based on a Glamrock Brothers remix in rock style of Drunken Sailor. (457.2 KiB, M4R, 28 seconds)


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Blow the Man Down (sea shanty, ringtone in MP3)

This jaunty ringtone for Android phones freatures the intro to Blow the Man Down, a popular sea shanty. (319.7 KiB, MP3, 15 seconds) Click here for the iPhone version of this ringtone.


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Drunken Sailor (ringtone for smartphones – instrumental)

A delightful instrumental ringtone of the very popular shanty, Drunken Sailor, for Android phones. (274.6 KiB, MP3, 16 seconds)


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We’ll Rant and We’ll Roar (traditional folk song in MP3)

This is a beatiful version of We'll Rant and We'll Roar, a folk song which is an offshoot of the traditional British naval song 'Spanish Ladies'. The performer is Hazel Askew, a singer, musician and composer from London. The audio file is courtesy of the English Folk Dance and Song Society. (2.7 MiB, MP3, 1:59 minutes)


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My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean (ringtone for smartphones)

Get this sweet ringtone for your Android phone. My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean is a traditional Scottish folk song popular in Western culture. This audio clip features the voice of UK folk singer Carolyn Robson and is courtesy of the English Folk Dance and Song Society. (241.3 KiB, MP3, 31 seconds)


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Rio Grande (shanty, ringtone for smartphones)

Liven up your smartphone with this zesty ringtone. This is a cut from the popular shanty, Rio Grande, also known by its alternative title 'Away Rio'. (540.1 KiB, MP3, 26 seconds) The full version can be downloaded from here.


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Away Rio by Roger McGuinn (shanty in MP3)

A beautiful renditon by American musician Roger McGuinn of Away Rio, a capstan or windlass shanty usually sung by sailors for taking in the anchor. This audio file is made available by Marine Café Blog  under Mr. McGuinn's Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 US. See also See also Rio Grande - Sailors Hornpipe.


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Popeye the Sailor (ringtone for iPhones)

A fun ringtone for iPhones based on the theme song 'I'm Popeye the Sailor Man' composed by Sammy Lemer in 1933. Popeye has become something of a cultural icon and folk hero for millions of people. Says Encyclopedia Britannica of Popeye: "a pugnacious, wisecracking cartoon sailor who possesses superhuman strength after ingesting an always-handy can of spinach." (460.9 KiB, M4R, 29 seconds)


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Popeye the Sailor (ringtone for Android phones)

A fun ringtone based on the theme song 'I'm Popeye the Sailor Man' composed by Sammy Lemer in 1933. Popeye has become something of a cultural icon and folk hero for millions of people. Says Encyclopedia Britannica of Popeye: "a pugnacious, wisecracking cartoon sailor who possesses superhuman strength after ingesting an always-handy can of spinach." (464.6 KiB, MP3, 29 seconds) Download the iPhone version here.


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Blow the Man Down (sea shanty) by Roger McGuinn

This version of Blow the Man Down by American singer Roger McGuinn should captivate all those who love sea shanties. The audio file is made available by Marine Café Blog  under the original Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 US. (2.9 MiB, MP3, 3:09 minutes)., See also Woody Guthrie's take on the same song with different lyrics.


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Blow the Man Down (sea shanty) by Woody Guthrie

Enjoy this popular halyard shanty performed by the legendary American folk singer, Woody Guthrie (1912 – 1967), together with a trio. It was originally recorded in 1941. Click here to learn more about 'Blow the Man Down' and its origins. (2.5 MiB, MP3, 2:42 minutes)


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Banana Boat (Day-o) by Harry Belafonte (iPhone ringtone)

This ringtone for iPhones features Harry Belfonte's classic Banana Boat (Day-o) -- a traditional Jamaican song about dock workers who load bananas at night and wait for daylight to come so the Tallyman can take inventory and they can go home. It's delightful and refreshing to hear every time your phone rings. (249.8 KiB, M4R, 31 seconds)


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Banana Boat (Day-o) by Harry Belafonte (ringtone for smartphone)

This ringtone of Harry Belfonte singing his classic Banana Boat (Day-o) will surely delight you and others every time your phone rings. (184 KiB, MP3, 31 seconds) See also Belafonte's original recording of Banana Boat (Day-o) in MP3.  


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Drunken Sailor (ringtone for Android phones)

Enjoy hearing one of the most popular sea shanties every time your smartphone rings. The ringtone is based on a Glamrock Brothers remix in rock style of Drunken Sailor. (1.1 MiB, MP3, 28 seconds)


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Singing Histories – Plymouth

Singing Histories - Plymouth is an illustrated booklet featuring 10 songs, mostly with a sea theme, which are part of the history and culture of the English port city of Plymouth. It contains the lyrics and a brief note for each of the songs. This is part of the Singing Histories project of Sing London, the arts organisation whose mission is to unite the nation in song. (1.3 MiB , PDF, 15 pages)


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Hanging Johnny (shanty in MP3)

Hanging Johnny is a popular halyard shanty said to have been sung by sailors on Great Lakes vessels. This is a digitised version of the 1939 recording from the US Library of Congress featuring the unaccompanied vocals of Leighton Robinson, Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur, and Leighton McKenzie. An interesting article about the song and its intriguing title can be found here. (4.9 MiB, MP3, 2:08 minutes)


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The Sailor’s Alphabet (sea song in MP3)

The Sailor's Alphabet is a delightful song from the Age of Sail. It was sung by sailors when they were relaxing in the forecastle or on shore. This is a digitised version of the original 1939 recording by Alex Barr, Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur, Leighton McKenzie and Leighton Robinson. (11.4 MiB, MP3, 4:59 minutes)


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Drunken Sailor by Midshipmen Glee Club, USNA (sea shanty in MP3)

Listen to the popular Drunken Sailor performed robustly by the 80-member Midshipmen Glee Club of the U.S. Naval Academy. This shanty was part of the album 'Anchors Aweigh! Songs of the U.S. Navy' released in 1977. (4 MiB, MP3, 2:42 minutes)


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Shenandoah (traditional American folk song in MP3)

Listen to this beautiful American folk song performed by Roger Mcguinn of the popular Folk Den Project. Shenandoah dates back to at least the early 19th century. American folklorist Alan Lomax suggested that it was a sea-shanty that originated with French-Canadian voyageurs. The US Library of Congress notes: "As unclear as is the song’s origin, so is the definitive interpretation of its text. Some believe that the song refers to the river of the same name. Others suggest that it is of Native American origin, for it tells the tale of Sally, the daughter of the Indian Chief Shenandoah, who is courted for seven years by a white Missouri river trader. Regardless of these textual discrepancies, 'Shenandoah' remains an American classic."  This song is published here under Mr. McGuinn's Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 US.  (1.0 MiB, MP3, 4:27 minutes)


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Goodby, fare you well, or Homeward bound (shanty in MP3)

This is a digitised version of the original 1939 recording of Goodby, fare you well (or Homeward bound), a capstan shanty that ends with the triumphant cry "Vast heavin!". It features the unaccompanied vocals of Leighton Robinson, Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur, and Leighton McKenzie. This file is from the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. (3.8 MiB, MP3, 4:50 minutes)


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The Shanty Book Part I: Sailor Shanties (EPUB format for smartphones and tablets)

First published in 1921, The Shanty Book Part I: Sailor Shanties is a great read for those who want to increase their understanding and appreciation of shanties (old sailors' work songs). The 30 shanties in this book were collected by Sir Richard Runciman Terry (1865 – 1938), English organist, choir director and music scholar. They are accompanied by sheet music for piano and some interesting notes on each shanty. (1.4 MiB, EPUB)


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Drunken Sailor, The by Leonard Warren (shanty in MP3)

Sing along to this popular sea shanty sung by American baritone Leonard Warren (1911 – 1960) with orchestra and chorus. Warren's version of The Drunken Sailor with arrangement by Tom Scott might even make you want to dance.This is a digitised version of the original 78rpm record released in 1949. (4.2 MiB, MP3, 2:42 minutes)


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Rio Grande – Sailors Hornpipe (shanty in MP3)

Enjoy this bouncy shanty which was sung by British and American sailors of old. Rio Grande - Sailors Hornpipe (also known as 'Away Rio' or 'Rio Grande') is courtesy of the San Diego Maritime Museum in California, part of its Gold Rush Sea Chanteys collection. The title refers to the Rio Grande do Sul, a state in the southernmost part of Brazil. (3.2 MiB, MP3, 3:48 minutes) See also Away Rio by Roger McGuinn.


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Erie Canal by Roger McGuinn (a bouncy song in MP3)

You will love the bouncy tune of Erie Canal. It tells a comic story about a tragic boat journey down the historic Erie Canal. The latter was built in the 19th century to create a navigable water route from New York City and the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. This song is part of American singer Roger McGuinn's Folk Den project. It being shared by Marine Café Blog under the original Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 US. .(2.9 MiB, mp3, 3:09 minutes)


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The Times are Hard (sea shanty in MP3)

Many seafarers will be able identify with the lyrics of The Times are Hard: The times are hard and the wages low/ O leave her Johnnie leave her/ O the times are hard and the wages low/ It's time for us to leave her. This sea shanty is performed by Roots A Capella, a youth choir in Devon, England. The audio file is courtesy of the London-based English Folk Dance & Song Society. (1.6 MiB, MP3, 1:42 minutes)


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Day-O (Day Dah Light) by Roger McGuinn (MP3)

American musician Roger McGuinn interprets an old Jamaican song which was sung by men as they loaded ships with bananas. This song is part of McGuinn's Folk Den project. It is shared here by Marine Café Blog under the Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 US. (3.0 MiB file size, MP3 format, 2:10 minutes). See also Harry Belafonte's Banana Boat (Day-o)


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Rolling Home (shanty in MP3)

Rolling Home celebrates the joy of sailors as they sail back to their homeland. Recorded in 1939, this seamen's song was performed by Captain Leighton Robinson, Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur and Leighton McKenzie. It is part of the W.P.A. California Folk Music Project collection, Library of Congress, USA. (3.5 MiB, MP3, 4:34 minutes)


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Johnny (a sea song in MP3)

This old song is about a sailor who comes back from sea in the hope of marrying the daughter of a tavern owner. He soon realises that she and the people around her are only after his money. Recorded in 1938, the song was performed by Ward H.Ford. It is part of the Library of Congress W.P.A. California Folk Music Project collection. (1.9 MiB, MP3, 2:35 minutes)


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Santy Ano (a lively sea shanty in MP3)

Santy Ano (or Santy Anno) is a sea shanty whose origins date back to the mid-19th century. This version is full of zest and vigour. It is from the Gold Rush Sea Chanteys collection of the Maritime Museum of San Diego in California, USA. (3.2 MiB, MP3, 3.14 minutes)


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Pay Me My Money Down (shanty in MP3)

Pay Me My Money Down is said to have been composed by African-American dock workers and picked up by West Indian sailors and sung as a shanty. More about the song here: http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-black-origins-of-song-pay-me-my.html This version, performed by Adriano Adewale and Tim Cansfield in acappella, is courtesy of the London-based English Folk Dance and Song Society. (2.2 MiB, MP3, 2:24 minutes)


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Island in the Sun by Harry Belafonte (video clip)

Watch Jamaican-American singer Harry Belafonte perform Island in the Sun in this 1957 video clip. The song was the title track of the 1957 film 'Island in the Sun' in which Belafonte played one of the main characters. (14.5 MiB, MP4, 1:39 minutes)


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Randy Dandy Oh by Roger McGuinn (shanty in MP3)

Randy Dandy Oh is a traditional shanty that will make you want to sing along because of its wonderful tempo. This version is by American musician Roger McGuinn and is part of his Folk Den project, It is licensed  under a  Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. (3.5 MiB, MP3, 3.03 minutes long)


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Drunken Sailor by Albert Octave (shanty in MP3)

An interesting version of the popular shanty Drunken Sailor — the way it is likely to be sung by inebriated sailors. Also known as What Shall We Do with a/the Drunken Sailor?, this song is published in this website under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International  licence. (4.2 MiB, MP3, 3:43 minutes)


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Strike the Bell (shanty in MP3)

The song's title refers to the striking of a ship's bell to mark each half-hour of a four-hour watch (eight bells in all). This charming Age of Sail shanty is courtesy of the Maritime Museum of San Diego in California, USA. It is part of the museum's Voyage of Hope Sea Chanteys collection (File size: 2.0 MiB, MP3, 2:14 mnutes)


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Don’t Forget Your Old Shipmate (traditional naval song, MP3)

Don't Forget Your Old Shipmate is a timeless song that was sung by British Royal Navy sailors during the Napoleonic era. This track is courtesy of the Folk Den Project by American musician Roger McGuinn and is published on this website under a Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License . (7.3 MiB, MP3 format, 5:20 minutes)  


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Haul Away Joe (shanty, MP3)

Haul Away Joe was sung by sailors when they pulled on ropes to raise or lower the ship's sails. This sprightly sailors' work song is courtesy of the Maritime Museum of San Diego in California, USA. It is part of the museum's Voyage of Hope Sea Chanteys collection (File size: 1.0  MiB, MP3, 1:46 mnutes)


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Homeward Bound / Goodbye Fare Thee Well (shanty in MP3)

Homeward Bound, also known as Goodbye Fare Thee Well, is a capstan shanty performed by sailors when lifting anchor at a foreign port to begin their homeward voyage. Other versions of the song may have slightly different lyrics depending on the locale, but the tune has not changed over time. This musical file is courtesy of the Maritime Museum of San Diego in California, USA. It is part of the museum's Voyage of Hope Sea Chanteys collection. (File size: 1.2  MiB, MP3, 2:12 minutes)


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Spanish Ladies (an old British naval song, MP3)

Yet another version of Spanish Ladies, a traditional British naval song that dates back to the late 1700s. This one is from Roger McGuinn's "The Folk Den Project". (File size: 3.6 MiB, MP3, 3:09 minutes) This song is published on this website under a Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.


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Banana Boat (Day-o) by Harry Belafonte (restored, MP3)

Banana Boat (Day-o) by American singer Harry Belafonte is a traditional Jamaican song about dock workers loading bananas onto ships at night. Daylight comes, and they look forward to the arrival of the Tallyman, who will take inventory, so they could go home. This is a digitised version of the original single recorded in 1955 by Belafonte with Tony Scott's Orchestra and Chorus. (File size: 4.7 MiB, MP3, 2:57 minutes) See also 'The Banana Boat Song' by Sarah Vaughan.


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Leave Her, Johnny by Roger McGuinn (shanty, MP3)

Enjoy this popular shanty (sailors' work song) which was sung by sailors at the end of their voyage and the ship was at dock. This version is performed by Roger McGuinn, best known as the frontman of the American rock band, The Byrds, with accompaniment by John Sebastian. (File size: 4.9 MiB, MP3, 2:41 duration)  This song is published on this website under a  Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. See also 'Leave Her, Johnny' by Hazel Askew.


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Whiskey Johnny (sea shanty, MP3)

This amusing, down-to-earth shanty was recorded in 1939. It is from the Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, in Washington, DC. The performers were Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur, Leighton McKenzie and Leighton Robinson. (File size: 1.7 MiB, MP3, 2:17 minutes) DISCLAIMER: Marine Café Blog is not promoting the drinking of alcoholic beverages. It is sharing this sea song as part of the world's maritime heritage.


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Great Open Sea (sea shanty, MP3)

Enjoy this rousing song performed by New Zealand's Wellington Sea Shanty Society. The W.S.S.S. is composed of a two-man tempest of pure shanty, Vorn Dont le Père Etait Marin and Lake Davineer. They have been belting out traditional sea songs since 2012 to the delight of sailors and landlubbers. (File size: 6.2 MiB, MP3 format, 2:55 minutes)   NOTE: This musical file is published on this website under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US licence    


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Drunken Sailor (a popular sea shanty, MP3)

Listen to one of the most popular shanties (sailors' work songs). This version of Drunken Sailor also known as What Shall We Do with a/the Drunken Sailor?is by The Irish Rovers, a group of Irish musicians formed in 1963 and renamed The Rovers in the 1980s. (File size: 3.7 MiB, MP3 format) See also The Drunken Sailor by Leonard Warren with orchestra and chorus CLICK HERE to download the iPhone version.  


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Sea Shanties (MP3 format)

Sea shanties or traditional sailors' work songs are part  of the world's maritime heritage. The five a cappella shanties contained in this file are from the English Folk Dance and Song Society. They are published in Marine Café Blog for your private, non-commercial use. (7.0 MiB, zipped file containing five songs in MP3 format)


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