“Randy Dandy O”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1917 (Robinson)
Keywords: shanty sailor
Found in: Canada(Mar) US


Capstan or pumps shanty. Chorus: "Heave a pawl, o heave away. Way ay roll an' go. The anchor's on board an' the cable's all stored, timme rollockin' randy dandy o." Rhyming verses about sailing and women.


Hugill says that he and his sources cleaned this one up a good deal before printing. - SL


  1. Colcord, p. 116, "Galloping Randy Dandy O!" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Hugill, pp. 167-168, "Randy Dandy O" (1 text, 1 tune) [AbEd, p. 135]
  4. ADDITIONAL: Captain John Robinson, "Songs of the Chantey Man," a series published July-August 1917 in the periodical _The Bellman_ (Minneapolis, MN, 1906-1919). "Galloping Randy Dandy O!" is in Part 3, 7/28/1917.
  5. Roud #4702
  6. BI, Hugi167