A Capital Ship
1920's Folk Song
A capital ship for an ocean trip
was the "Walloping Window
No wind that blew dismayed her crew
the Captainís mind.
The man at the wheel was made to feel
contempt for the wildest blo-o-ow,
Tho' it often appeared
when the gale had cleared,
That he'd been in his bunk below.
So blow ye winds, heigh-ho,
A-roving I will
Iíll stay no more on Englandís shore,
so let the music
Iím off on the morning train,
Iíll cross the
Iím off to my love with a boxing glove,
thousand miles away.
The Bosunís mate was very sedate,
Yet fond of amusement too.
He played hop-scotch with the
While the Captain tickled the crew.
gunner we had was apparently mad,
For he sat on the after
And he fired salutes with the Captainís boots
the teeth of the booming gale.
Captain sat on the Commodoreís hat
And dined in a royal way,
Off roasted pigs and pickles and figs,
And gummery bread each
The Cook he was Dutch and behaved as such
diet he gave the crew - oo - oo,
Was a couple of tons of
Served up with sugar and glue.
And we all felt ill as mariners will
diet that's cheap and rude;
And we shivered and shook as we
dipped the cook
In a tub of his gluesome food.
nautical pride we laid aside,
And we cast the vessel ashore
On the Gulliby Isles, where the Poohpooh smiles,
And the Anagazanders roar.
This is a charming and befuddled song about a ship of fools, based
on a children's poem by Charles Edward Carryl. A friend of the group
recalled this song from memories of her childhood, one of the
favorites sung at summer camp.
Additional lyrics gathered by
Donald A. Duncan from his website:
Poetry of the Sea. He notes that the chorus of this song is
borrowed from another song, "Ten
Thousand Miles Away."
Wikipedia mentions Bounding Main's
album Lost at Sea in reference to