This song is about a “keel” (coal-carrying boat) on the River Tyne in England. It was first published in 1770 in a Scottish folk song book, but it is unknown whether it originated in England or Scotland. (source) (source)


(English / Scottish folk song)

1. As I came through Sandgate, through Sandgate, through Sandgate,
As I came through Sandgate, I heard a lassie sing:

Weel may the keel row, the keel row, the keel row,
Weel may the keel row that my laddie’s in. (repeat)

2. He wears a blue bonnet, blue bonnet, blue bonnet,
He wears a blue bonnet, a dimple in his chin. Refrain

See also


  • Song with chords (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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