The Drunken Sailor

The Drunken Sailor
a.k.a. Early in the Morning

"... 'Early in the morning' must be of fairly recent date, for only in a comparatively large ship could there be room on deck for 'walking' a light sail aloft, the operation at which it was generally used. It was not a chanty often sung. I remember it chiefly as a showy accomplishment when all hands were employed on deck and there was an atmosphere of high good humour with us. Perhaps a day when, after long voyaging, we had taken a pilot aboard to con us into port and were wishful to impress him by our activity as real deep-watermen. We called it 'man-o'-war fashion' as we stamped along the deck, handing the halyard."

-David Bone, Capstan Bars



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