What shall we do with a drunken sailor?

Music: Trad. arr. Douglas Cook. Words: Anon
performance time approx 1m 30s
Range S1: c' – f'' / S2: c' – d''♭ / A: e♭ – c''
Price code: C
Complexity: ***

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A fun arrangement of the well-known shanty. Further verses can be added if wished using the harmonisations of vv. 1 and 2 alternately.


What shall we do with a drunken sailor
Early in the morning?
Wey, hey and up she rises,
Early in the morning.

Put him in a long boat till he's sober,
Early in the morning.

Put him in the scuppers with a hosepipe on him,
Early in the morning.


Note: 'early' is traditionally pronounced to rhyme with 'lye' rather than with 'lee'

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