Steady as She Goes: Songs and Chanties from the Days of Commercial Sail

Steady as She Goes: Songs and Chanties from the Days of Commercial Sail

Louis Killen, Jeff Warner, Gerret Warner & Fud Benson COLL01928

Not confined to land, Collector Records’ series on industrial folklore and folksong includes Steady as She Goes, an album dedicated to workers on the sea. During a time when a captain’s reign could be tyrannical, the work tough, and the sea unkind, the men maintained that "a song is as good as ten men." Often used in the manner of a work song in the fields, these shanties tell the tales of loneliness, families left behind, and the daily hardships of nautical life, but also about raising anchor with certain knowledge that you are heading home.

Year Released 1977
Record Label Collector Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2006 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1977 Collector Records
Genre(s) Celtic; World
Country(s) United States
Language(s) English

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101 Paddy Lay Back Jeff Warner 3:34
102 Bold Riley Louis Killen 1:57
103 Rolling Down To Old Maui Louis Killen 2:53
104 Jolly Roving Tar Jeff Warner 2:33
105 Topman And The Afterguard Louis Killen 2:31
106 Off To Sea Once More Louis Killen 4:44
107 Strike The Bell John Benson 2:58
108 Ship In Distress Jeff Warner 2:11
109 Blow The Man Down Louis Killen 2:28
110 The Coast Of Peru Louis Killen 2:35
111 All For Me Grog Jeff Warner 3:03
112 Shallow Brown Louis Killen 1:58
113 Bring 'Em Down Louis Killen 1:32
114 Away Rio John Benson 2:19
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