This shanty probably originated as a Scottish fisherman’s song. It was also popular with Gloucester fishermen in the American Northeast.


1. Come, all ye young sailormen, listen to me,
I’ll sing you a song of the fish of the sea.

Then blow, ye winds, westerly, westerly blow,
We’re bound to the south’ard so steady she goes.

2. Oh, first came the whale, the biggest of all;
He clumb up aloft and let every sail fall. Refrain

3. And next came the mack’rel with his strip-ed back;
He hauled aft the sheets and boarded each tack. Refrain

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Extras for Plus Members

  • Song with chords (PDF)
  • MIDI file
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