Collected by Merlin Mitchell
Transcribed by Kyle Perrin
February 20, 1950
The Sea Captain (with explanation)
Mrs. High •• He's wantin' you to sing that othern. About the boy bein' tied
to the ship, or part of it.
Mitch •••••• Study that through a little bit and then we'll
High •••••• • Stop it, and I'll study it and try to git it a little better than
I got it a whal ago. I know a song about a sea captain. But
I know a part of it--I 'll try to sing a little uv it so you can
git the tune. The captain on this water •••
Now come all you sea captains, take warning by me,
We took a trip to Caliner
And on our return home again,
We had a tyrant bound unto thee,
Richard Farris was his name,
And because I did not like his ways,
Up to the top of the mast I tied him,
There I kept him nine long days.
In six days he was expired,
Out of pity he did cry,
Oh, he cried, good Lord send me some water,
From your high and lofty sky.
Like mad men they cursed and swore,
They swore they'd have me hanged for a pirate,
Soon as ever they came on shore.
But I thought that money would release me,
Because his parents was mean and pore,
But to hear the cries of his pore mother,
It would grieve your heart full sore.
I swore the first man did release him
Not one hour should he live more.
Spoken- ---Then when they got to the--across the waters they didn't hang him--
they cut his toes and feet and hands off, little by little 'til
he died . That's how they gibbled him. They gibbled my pore body •••
Sung------All for the sake of this pore boy,
Spoken----Yeah, that's the way they killed him for the punishmenthe give to
the boy. He lived nine days before he died , without any water or
anything--food or anything. Tied up there where they could all
see him right before their eyes . They couldn't run the ship if
they killed the captain on the ship. They had to let the boy die
right before 'em because the captain didn't like him.
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