John, John, the Water Man

DESCRIPTION: Chorus: "John, John, de water man, The fire man below, boy" repeated. The shantyman sings "I went down to Gila Point To hear master Sheila blow." "Break oar, break oar, Me master can' buy more."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1967 (Abrahams-WIShanties)
KEYWORDS: work sea shanty
FOUND IN: West Indies(Nevis)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Abrahams-WIShanties, pp. 49-50, "John, John, the Water Man" (1 text, 1 tune)
File: AWIS049

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