“Round the Bay of Mexico”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1935 (field recording, Henry Lundy & David Pryor)
Keywords: sailor courting
Found in: Bahamas


"Round the Bay of Mexico, Way, oh Susiana, Mexico is the place that I belong in...." The singer tells of courting girls "two at a time" and having them love him "because I don't tell everything that I know." He heads off to the fishing ground


This is listed as having "new lyrics" by Paul Campbell (the Weavers, collectively), and "music adaption" by Tom Geraci. I have seen relatively little of the material elsewhere; this looks more like a new song from traditional materials than a touched-up traditional song. - RBW

Nope -- the song as touched up by the Weavers and friends is still quite close to the field recording from the Bahamas in 1935. - PJS

Cross references



  1. Silber-FSWB, p. 83, "Round the Bay of Mexico (Bay of Mexico)" (1 text)
  2. Roud #207
  3. BI, FSWB083B