DRUNKEN SAILOR, THE

Latest update on 08/10/2016

Artist: Kenneth Ellis & Chorus
Author: traditional
Label: Parlophone
Year: 1925

Probably older than the 1820s. Charles Dickens lets a drunken cook recite part of the lyrics in Two Dinner Failures (1855) and Cecil Sharp, who collected the song in London and in Bristol, 'obviously a bagpipe tune', used on board as a work song.

Covers:

1925:

John Thorne

1927:

John Goss & the Cathedral Male Voice Quartet [as What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor]

1929:

Robert Carr & the Seafarers

1933:

David Guion [folk arrangement as What To Do With A Drunken Sailor; he also wrote Ol' Paint and contributed to Home On The Range, Turkey In The Straw and The Arkansas Traveler]

1939:

Captain Richard Maitland [Lomax recording as What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor]

1941:

Richard Dyer-Bennett [idem]

1946:

Mordy Bauman [on Songs Of American Sailor Men]

1948:

Leonard Warren

1956:

Burl Ives

1961:

Pete Seeger

1966:

Ferre Grignard [hit B, NL & Fr]

1980:

Babe [hit NL]

2003:

Sanne

2006:

David Thomas [as What Do We Do With A Drunken Sailor on Rogue's Gallery]

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