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Leave Her, Johnny [sea shanty] (voice + piano)

pump shanty (sung during the last round of pumping the ship dry before going on shore)

Composer
Traditional
Year of composition
1850
Year of arrangement
2015
Lyricist
Traditional
Difficulty
Easy (Grades 1-3)
Duration
3 minutes
Genre
Classical music
Instrumentation
Voice + keyboard
Instrumental parts
Not available

The "her" being left is not a woman, but the ship. This shanty was traditionally sung when the ship was at port after it had docked. The shanty was also known as "Leave Her Bullies", "Time for Us to Leave Her". This song was used at the pumps, but it also served the purpose of the seamen airing their grievances (hence it being done at the end of a voyage). There were also several vulgar versions directed at the food and the owners which cannot be printed here.

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