H.E. Piggott and Percy Grainger collected Shallow Brown from the singing of John Perring of Dartmouth on January 18, 1908. Again collected by Cecil Sharpe and Stan Hugill who recorded it in 1961. It is a mournful West Indies slavery shanty that we have set against Jackie Tar,  a fantastic hornpipe that we've included as a nod to Nic Jones' version which we both love.

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Shallow Brown (Roud 2621/5812)

 

Fare thee well, I’m bound to leave you
    Shallow oh shallow brown
Fare thee well, I’m bound to leave you
    Shallow oh shallow brown

 

My masters going to sell me

    Shallow oh shallow brown

Yes my masters going to sell me

    Shallow oh shallow brown

 

Gonna sell me for the Dollar

    Shallow oh shallow brown

Gonna sell me for the Dollar

    Shallow oh shallow brown

 

Gonna ship onboard a whaler

    Shallow oh shallow brown

Gonna ship onboard a whaler

    Shallow oh shallow brown

 

Bound away for old St Georges

    Shallow oh shallow brown

Bound away for old St Georges

    Shallow oh shallow brown

 

Fare thee well my Julianna

    Shallow oh shallow brown

Fare thee well my Julianna

    Shallow oh shallow brown