#00042
Jack Was Every Inch A Sailor
   (Anchors Aweigh)
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Jack Was Every Inch A Sailor
   (Sharecroppers)

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#2250: YouTube video
by NLTreasure ℗2013
~ Used with permission ~

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Now, 'twas twenty-five or thirty years
since Jack first saw the light;
He came into this world of woe,
one dark and stormy night.
He was born on board his father's ship,
as she was lying to;
'bout twenty-five or thirty miles,
southeast of Baccalieu.

Jack was every inch a sailor,
Five and twenty years a whaler;
Jack was every inch a sailor,
He was born upon the bright blue sea
.

When Jack grew up to be a man,
he went to Labrador;
He fished in Indian Harbour,
where his father fished before.
On his returning in the fog,
he met a heavy gale;
And Jack was swept into the sea,
and swallowed by a whale.

Jack was every inch a sailor,
Five and twenty years a whaler;
Jack was every inch a sailor,
He was born upon the bright blue sea
.

p>The whale went straight for Baffin Bay,
'bout ninety knots an hour;
And every time he'd blow a spray,
he'd send it in a shower.
Oh, now, says Jack unto himself,
I'll see what he's about;
He got the whale all by the tail,
and turned him inside out.

Jack was every inch a sailor,
Five and twenty years a whaler;
Jack was every inch a sailor,
He was born upon the bright blue sea
.

Jack was every inch a sailor,
Five and twenty years a whaler;
Jack was every inch a sailor,
He was born upon the bright blue sea
.

####.... Author unknown ....####
Variant of part of a theatrical parody of Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore composed in the USA in the 1880s arranged and recorded by Anchors Aweigh of Rocky Harbour, NL (When Sailors Sing, 2002 CD, trk#10, Independent, produced at WE Music Studio, Cormack, NL).

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The video above features a variant recorded by Randy Dyke (Memories Of Home, 2000 CD, trk#13, Independent).

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The video below features a variant recorded by Dick Nolan (I'se The B'y That Catches The Fish, 1966 LP, trk#12, Arc Sound Ltd, Toronto, ON); and (Dick Nolan's Greatest Hits Of Newfoundland, 1980 cassette, trk#6, Impact Music Promotions, Inc, Mississauga, ON); and (Pretty Girls Of Newfoundland, 2002 CD, trk#15, Heritage Music, Scarborough, ON); and (Newfoundland Songbook, 2008 CD, trk#21, Unidisk Music Inc, Pointe-Claire, QC).

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#1113: YouTube video
by oldirishladdie ℗2009
~ Used with permission ~

Variants were also recorded by Omar Blondahl (1956, 1959, 1997), John White (1966, 1973), Dorymen (1974), Steve Searl (1985), Bobby Evans (1996), Celtic Connection (2000, 2009), Lloyd Bartlett (2005).

Published in Gerald S Doyle's Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland: Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers (2nd Ed, p.13, 1940; 3rd Ed, p.33, 1955).

Also published on page 4 of Songs Of Newfoundland, a complimentary booklet of lyrics to twenty-one songs distributed by the Bennett Brewing Co Ltd of St John's, NL, with the cooperation of the Gerald S Doyle Song Book from which these words were obtained.

Edith Fowke writes in the Encyclopedia Of Music In Canada that this song seems to have been adapted from a New York music-hall song Every Inch A Sailor. The US folklorist Phillips Barry noted that it is a localized version of the words (but not the tune) of 'the original burlesque of Pinafore, as sung by Miss Venie Clancy and printed in White's Complete Music Album, Boston, 1884, and that ballad singer 'Frank Crumit made a gramophone record of it which was popular' (1928, Victor 21668). It was published by Greenleaf and Mansfield in Ballads And Sea Songs of Newfoundland (Cambridge, MA, 1933) and recorded on Folk Songs Of Newfoundland (Folkways FW-6931). Richard Johnston has written a choral arrangement (Waterloo 1959).

The video below features a recording of a variant by Omar Blondahl (16 Songs Of Newfoundland, 1959 LP, trk#4, published by Banff-Rodeo, ON, distributed by London Records Of Canada)

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#1476: YouTube video
by oldirishladdie ℗2010
~ Used with permission ~

The video below features an excellent cover performance by Raymond Crooke of Melbourne, AUS.

#1447: YouTube video
by raymondcrooke ℗2010
~ Used with permission ~

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Intro: [A] [A7] [D]

Now, 'twas twenty-five or thirty years
since Jack first saw the [A] light,
He came into this world of woe
one dark and stormy [D] night;
He was born on board his father's ship
as she was lying [A] to,
'bout twenty-five or thirty miles
south [A7] east of Baca- [D] lieu.

Jack was every inch a [A] sailor,
Five and twenty years a [D] whaler;
Jack was every inch a [A] sailor,
He was [A7] born upon the bright blue [D] sea
.

When Jack grew up to be a man
he went to Labra- [A] dor,
He fished in Indian Harbour
where his father fished be- [D] fore;
On his returning in the fog
he met a heavy [A] gale,
And Jack was swept into the sea
and [A7] swallowed by a [D] whale.

Jack was every inch a [A] sailor,
Five and twenty years a [D] whaler;
Jack was every inch a [A] sailor,
He was [A7] born upon the bright blue [D] sea
.

The whale went straight for Baffln Bay
'bout ninety knots an [A] hour,
And every time he'd blow a spray
he'd send it in a [D] shower;
Oh, now, says Jack unto himself,
I'll see what he's [A] about,
He got the whale all by the tail
and [A7] turned him inside [D] out.

Jack was every inch a [A] sailor,
Five and twenty years a [D] whaler;
Jack was every inch a [A] sailor,
He was [A7] born upon the bright blue [D] sea<
./p>

Jack was every inch a [A] sailor,
Five and twenty years a [D] whaler;
Jack was every inch a [A] sailor,
He was [A7] born upon the bright blue [D] sea
.

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