Where am I to go, M' Johnnies?
DESCRIPTION: Shanty. "Where am I to go me Johnnies, where am I to go? To me way hey, hey, high, roll an' go. For I'm a young sailor boy, and where am I to go?" subsequent verses answer "way up the t'gallant yard," "around Cape Horn," "through the ice and snow," etc...
EARLIEST DATE: 1961 (Hugill)
KEYWORDS: shanty sailor travel
FOUND IN: Britain US
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Hugill, pp. 169-170, "Where am I to go, M' Johnnies?" (1 text, 1 tune) [AbEd, p. 137]
NOTES: Gordon Bok's book Time and the Flying Snow seems to imply that he learned this song from Hugill -- but his tune is slightly different, and his text also differs. Hugill's seems to be the only field collection; I don't know if Bok modified the song or if others did it before him. - RBW
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