SUGAR IN THE HOLD

picture of Jeff Logan

Jeff Logan
Portland, Maine

Well, I wish I was in Mobile Bay,
Screwin' cotton all the day,
But I'm stowin' sugar in the hold below,
Below, below, below!

Chorus:
Hey, ho, below, below,
Stowin' sugar in the hold below! Oh!
Hey, ho, below, below,
Stowin' sugar in the hold below!
Stowin' sugar in the hold below!

The J. M. White, she's a new boat,
Stem to stern she's mighty fine;
Beat any boat on the New Orleans line,
Stowin' sugar in the hold below. (CHO)

Well, the engineer shouts through his trumpet,
"Tell the mate we got bad news.
Can't get no steam for the fire in the flue."
Stowin' sugar in the hold below! (CHO)

Well, the captain's out on the quarter deck
Scratchin' 'way at his old neck,
And he cries out, "Heave the larboard lead!"
Stowin' sugar in the hold below! (CHO)

Instrumental

Well, I wish I was in Mobile Bay,
Screwin' cotton all the day,
But I'm stowin' sugar in the hold below,
Below, below, below! (CHO 2X)

Call and response

(Traditional sea shanty but as re-arranged
by William Pint and Felicia Dale on
Round the Corner, 1987, used with permission.)

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