Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!

Get Up, Jack! John, Sit Down!
a.k.a. Jolly Rovin' Tar

Thanks to John and Alan Lomax, we know that at least their version of this song was sung aboard ship prior to 1896. The chorus they presented suggests that it was used as a capstan shanty. I've only heard this wonderful tune sung at a lively clip, suggesting it may have been sung in the forecastle. If anyone has more information about this song, please drop me a line!



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