“Bangidero”

Alternate titles: “Timme Heave-o, Hang Her, Hilo”; “To My Hero Bangidero”; “The Girls of Chile”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1917 (_The Bellman_)
Keywords: shanty bawdy
Found in: Britain US

Description

Shanty. "To Chile's coast we are bound away, To my hero Bangidero. To Chile's coast we are bound away, We'll drink and dance fandango..." Verses sing the praises of Spanish girls and various sexual exploits.

Supplemental text

Bangidero
  Partial text(s)

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From Joanna C. Colcord, Songs of American Sailormen (1938 edition),
p. 98. No source indicated.

To Chile's coast we are bound away,
  [Chorus:] To my hero Bangidero
To Chile's coast we are bound away,
  [Chorus:] We'll drink and dance fandango!
To Chile's coast we are bound away,
Where the Spanish girls are bright and gay!
  [Chorus:] To my Hero Bangidero! 
            Singing hey for a gay Hash girl!

The girls of Chile are hard to beat,
From top to toe they are trim and neat,
From their black mantillas to their natty feet.

(2 additional stanzas)

Notes

Colcord got this from Captain Robinson's collection, "Songs of the Chantey Man," published during July and August of 1917 as a series in the periodical _The Bellman._ (Minneapolis, MN, 1906-1919). Robinson stated that the refrain given was never actually sung, but substituted for the original which was too vulgar for publication. Hugill also states that he changed both the verses and refrains to make the song printable. In addition, he makes a comment on this and other so-called "rare" shanties, that they were not so much rare in use as they were difficult to clean up and camouflage for publication and so when an opportunity came to write things down, they were left out. - SL

References

  1. Colcord, p. 98, "Bangidero" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Hugill, pp. 53-54, "The Gals O' Chile" (1 text, 1 tune) [AbrEd, pp. 49-50]
  3. ST Hug053 (Partial)
  4. Roud #3222
  5. BI, Hug053