“Ali Alo”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1888 (L.A. Smith, _Music of the Waters_)
Keywords: foreignlanguage shanty worksong
Found in: France


French capstan shanty. "Ali alo pour Mascher! Ali, alo, alo... Il mang'la viande et nous donn les os. Ali, ali, ali, alo." Translation of the very short verses "He eats the meat and we get the bones," "He drinks the vine and we get the water," etc.

Cross references


  1. Hugill, p. 485, "Ali Alo" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, Hugi485