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We're outward bound for Vallipo bay.

Now we are ready to head for the Horn,

Wey, hey, roll and go.

Our boots and our clothes they are all in the pawn,

Timme rollicking randy dandy o.

Heave a pawl oh heave away,

Wey, hey, roll and go,

The anchor’s on board and the cable’s all stored,

Timme rollicking randy dandy o.

Soon we’ll be warping her out through the locks,

Where the pretty young girls all come down in their flocks.

Come breast the bars, bullies, heave her away,

Soon we’ll be rolling her way down the bay.

Sing goodbye to Sally and goodbye to Sue,

For we are the boyos who can kick her through.

Oh man the stout capstan and heave with a will,

Soon we’ll be driving her way down the hill.

Heave away bullies, you parish rig bums,

Take yer hands from yer pockets and don’t suck yer thumbs.

Rust her up bullies, the wind’s drawing free,

Let’s get the glad rags on her and drive her to sea.

We’re outward bound for Valipo bay,

Get cracking me lads, it’s a helluva way.


Snazzy square-rigged sailing-ship capstan shanty heard mainly aboard  Cape Horners.

In Saturdays Are Gold, Old Joseph, 71 year old mariner from square rigger days, discusses philosophy with the children.