A Capital Ship


This poem was put to the tune of Ten Thousand Miles. (source)


(Melody by Joseph B. Geoghegan, 1816 – 1889; Lyrics by Charles E. Carryl, 1841-1920)

A capital ship for an ocean trip was the “Walloping Window Blind”
No wind that blew dismayed her crew or troubled the captain’s mind
The man at the wheel was made to feel contempt for the wildest blow-ow-ow
Tho’ it oft appeared when the gale had cleared that he’d been in his bunk below

So, blow ye winds, heigh-ho, A-roving I will go
I’ll stay no more on England’s shore so let the music play-ay-ay
I’m off for the morning train to cross the raging main
I’m off to my love with a boxing glove ten thousand miles away

The bos’un’s mate was very sedate yet fond of amusement too
He played hop-scotch with the starboard watch while the captain tickled the crew
The gunner he was apparently mad for he sat on the after ra-ra-rail
And fired salutes with the captain’s boots in the teeth of a booming gale Refrain

Then we all fell ill as mariners will on a diet that’s rough and crude
And we shivered and shook as we dipped the cook in a tub of his gluesome food
All nautical pride we cast aside and we ran the vessel asho-o-ore
On the Gulliby Isles where the poopoo smiles and the rubbily ubdugs roar Refrain

Composed of sand was that favored land and trimmed with cinnamon straws
And pink and blue was the pleasing hue of the ticke-toe teaser’s claws
We sat on the edge of a sandy ledge and shot at the whistling bee-ee-ee
While the rugabug bats wore waterproof hats as they dipped in the shining sea Refrain

See also

  • Subject: ships
  • Form: AB
  • Melody: tonic triad
  • Meter: 4
  • Rhythm:  
  • Scale: major
  • Source: The International Book of Folk Songs, Norman Luboff, Win Stracke, Walton Music Corp, 1965


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

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