“The Campanero”

Alternate titles: “The Campanayro”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1922 (Fragment in Frothingham, _Adventure_)
Keywords: shanty sailor abuse humorous
Found in: US(MA)


The sailor complains about the conditions on the Campanero. "The skipper is a bulldozer... The mate he wants to fight." He finally concludes that getting married -- even getting married twice -- is better than serving on that ship

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Campanero, The
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From William Main Doerflinger, Songs of the Sailor and Lumberman,
revised edition (1972), pp. 84-85. From the singing of Captain Patrick
Tayluer, New York, NY.

Oh, whenever I went away, the story I'd like to tell,
About an 'andy little bark, the Campanero.

  Oh' it's between the cook and the pump,
  Well, they drive me off me chump
  On this 'andy little bark, the Campanero!
  If I ever go to sea,
  Well, it won't be up to me,
  To go in that handy little bark, the Campanero!

1. Oh, the skipper, he is a bulldozer,
   And you never did hear
   The words that come from a man's mouth so often.
   The mate he wants to fight,
   and the durin' every night,
   The boys around the hatch they all surround him.

(2 additional stanzas)


  1. Doerflinger, pp. 84-85, "The Campanero" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Hugill, pp. 471-472, "The Handy Bandy Barque" (1 text, 1 tune) [AbEd, pp. 349-350]
  3. ST Doe084 (Partial)
  4. Roud #3094
  5. BI, Doe084