#01025
Running Down To Cuba (Traditional Sea Shanty) video
#2547: YouTube video by A Pirates Life
©2016 ~ Used with permission ~

To Cuba's coast we are bound, me boys,
'Way, me boys, for Cuba!
To Cuba's coast, boys, don't you make a noise,
And we're running down to Cuba.

The captain he will set the sail,
'Way, me boys, for Cuba!
Winging the water and over the rail,
And we're running down to Cuba.

Oh my God! How the wind do blow,
'Way, me boys, for Cuba!
Running south from the ice and the snow,
And we're running down to Cuba.

I got a gal about nine feet tall,
'Way, me boys, for Cuba!
Sleeps in the kitchen with her feet in the hall,
And we're running down to Cuba.

Give me a gal that will dance the 'dango,
'Way, me boys, for Cuba!
Round like a melon and sweet as a mango,
Running down to Cuba.

To Cuba's coast we are bound away,
'Way, me boys, for Cuba!
To Cuba's coast at the breaking of the day,
And we're running down to Cuba.

Oh, I've got a gal, her name is Jane,
'Way, me boys, for Cuba!
You can guess where she gives me a pain,
And we're running down to Cuba.

Load the sugar and homeward go,
'Way, me boys, for Cuba!
Mister Mate, he told me so,
And we're running down to Cuba.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional sea shanty ....####
Note: Considered a protest shanty because it was often sung by a disgruntled crew who would stomp their feet on deck when they felt they were being made to do unnecessary work.

The video above features a shortened variant recorded by John Townley & the Press Gang from their album Chesapeake Sailors Companion, trk#9, recorded in 2000 at Wistaria Studio, Yorktown, VA, and published in 2001 by Adelphi Records, Silver Spring, MD.


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