So Merry, So Merry Are We
DESCRIPTION: "So merry, so merry, so merry are we, There is no one more merry than the sailor on sea, Oh, I dare say... Give a sailor his grog, but no salt meat too strong." The singer tells of hard work and condition, and wants "good rum and a good shanty song."
EARLIEST DATE: 1946 (Peters)
KEYWORDS: sailor work food drink
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Peters, pp. 106-107, "So Merry, So Merry Are We" (1 short text, 1 tune)
NOTES [49 words]: Roud lumps this with all the myriad alphabet songs, and there seems no doubt that it is derived from the Sailor's Alphabet. But it has none of the alphabet lyrics -- just the chorus and some words about a sailor's life. I would consider it to have drifted far enough to be a separate song. - RBW
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