Pay Me, You Owe Me!
Halyard Shanty
Traditional


SHANTY SINGERS AND BALLADEERS

We're singing this in ?
Chorus:
Pay Me, you Owe me, Pay me my money down
You got to pay me Mr. Stevedore, pay me my money down
You owe me, you owe me, pay me my money down
You got to pay me or ya go to jail, pay me my money down.

If I'd a known the boss was blind
Resp: Pay me my money down
I wouldn't'a gone to work 'til half past nine
Resp: Pay me my money down 

I thought I heard the old man say;
Resp: Pay me my money down
Dean:  Go to shore spend all your pay.
Resp: Pay me my money down

Chorus:
Pay Me, you Owe me, Pay me my money down
You got to pay me Mr. Stevedore, pay me my money down
You owe me, you owe me, pay me my money down
You got to pay me or ya go to jail, pay me my money down.

I thought I heard the men below
Resp: Pay me my money down
Men:  You don't pay us and the ship don't go.
Resp: Pay me my money down 

I need my pay to go to shore
Resp: Pay me my money down
I'll drink my whiskey and get some more!
Resp: Pay me my money down

Chorus:
Pay Me, you Owe me, Pay me my money down
You got to pay me Mr. Stevedore, pay me my money down
You owe me, you owe me, pay me my money down
You got to pay me or ya go to jail, pay me my money down.


This shanty likely evolved from slave-songs.