“Yankee John, Stormalong (Liza Lee)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1914 (Sharp-EFC)
Keywords: shanty sailor courting separation floatingverses
Found in: Britain US


Pulling shanty. Singer says that Liza Lee promised to marry him. He shipped out but promised her a ring, etc. Now she's jilted him. Remaining verses on general sailing themes. Chorus: "Yan-kee John, Storm-along." Colcord says this is of Negro origin.


Recognized mostly by its choruses. The lyrics mostly float, with Hugill's version being about half "A Hundred Years Ago." - RBW

Cross references


  1. Colcord, p. 60, "Liza Lee" (1 fragment, 1 tune-quoted from Sharp-EFC)
  2. Hugill, pp. 80, "Yankee John, Stormalong" (1 text, 1 tune) [AbEd, p. 74]
  3. Sharp-EFC, XXXVI, p. 41, "Liza Lee" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Roud #4698
  6. BI, Hugi080