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This is a 19th century sea shanty (sometimes written and pronounced "chanty") arranged around clawhammer-style banjo, with a bit of Irish whistle, faux-bodhrán, and a thoroughly goofy pseudo accent to Irish it up a little.

Photo: Red Door 44
flickr/Anna & Michal
www.flickr.com/photos/michalo/256707710/
(Creative Commons. Modified)

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As I walked 'round in New York town, a fair maid I did meet
She asked me back to see her place; she lived on Barrack Street

CHORUS:
And away, Santy, my dear Annie
Oh you New York girls, can't you dance the polka?

And when we got to Barrack Street, we stopped at forty-four
Her mother and her sister were waiting at the door

And when I got inside the house, the drinks were passed around
The liquor was so awful strong, my head went round and round
And then we had another drink before we sat to eat
The liquor was so awful strong, I quickly fell asleep

When I awoke next morning, I had an aching head
And there was I Jack all alone, stark naked in me bed
Me gold watch and me money and my lady friends were gone
And there was I, Jack, all alone, stark naked in the room

Oh looking round that little room, there's nothing I could see
But a woman's shift and apron that were no use to me
With a barrel for a suit of clothes, down Cherry Street forlorn
Where Martin Churchill took me in and he sent me round Cape Horn

So sailor lads, take warning when you land on New York's shore
You'll have to get up early to be smarter than a whore

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released June 13, 2014
Photo: Red Door 44
flickr/Anna & Michal
www.flickr.com/photos/michalo/256707710/
(Creative Commons. Modified)

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Robert Palomo - New Old Sea Shanties & Songs Saint Petersburg, Russia

Robert Palomo is an American singer-songwriter based in Saint-Petersburg, Russia where he has lived for 20 years.

A multi-instrumentalist with a passion for acoustic music, he is recording songs he has written over several decades, plus new ones that keep popping up.

His latest project is original maritime folk songs.

His is a different story - do follow along!
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