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Salty Dick's Uncensored Sailor Songs

by Salty Dick

A collection of songs as sailors sung them: bawdy, raw and uncensored, accompanied by concertina, guitar, banjo, accordion and ukulele.
Genre: Folk: Sea Shanties
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1. Banks of the Sacramento
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2. A-hole Rules the Navy
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3. Chinatown Bumboat
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4. Friggin' in the Riggin'
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5. Priest and Nuns
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6. North Atlantic Squadron
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7. Johnny Come Down to Hilo
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8. Charlotte the Harlot
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9. The Whores of Sailortown
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10. The Shaver
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11. The Dockyard Church
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12. The Crabfish
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13. Amsterdam
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14. A Matlow Told Me
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15. Christopher Columbo
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16. Serafina
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17. The Red Flag
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18. Bell-bottom Trousers
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19. The Fireship
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20. The Sailor's Dream
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21. Eff Them All
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Album Notes
Sailors, like any exclusively male community, have probably always sung "dirty" songs. Even a cursory perusal of the available literature reveals ribald songs from cowboys, soldiers, rugby players, boy scouts. The available literature is scanty, however, since few folksong collectors preserved material of this nature. It is, therefore, one of the last branches of folk music that still relies primarily on oral transmission. If you want to learn songs that deal frankly with sexual themes, find a group of men without the company of women, open up a bottle or two, and stay close until the singing begins.

For seamen, the enforced abstinence of sea voyages created a pressure that found an outlet in the singing of bawdy songs. Much material has been lost to us, but there remains a small body of song of maritime provenance that is still pure and unbowdlerized. It is my intention with this recording to preserve a few of these gems, to probe this back channel of sea music. These are songs from both the merchant service and naval tradition, songs of long ago as well as of today, and songs from all corners of the English-speaking maritime world.


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Lot's of fun!
Really fun, DIRTY songs guaranteed to make you smile. Perfect for sing-a-longs if your friends are a bunch of drunken louts like mine! Makes you really wonder about shipboard life during the golden age of sail -- you wouldn't want to be a cute cabin boy . . .


Great Stuff!
This is great stuff. Vulgar and funny. Right up there with the works of Oscar Brand!


Oh, Yeah!
Winston Churchill once said that the Navy was built on rum, sodomy and the lash. This one gives uproarious credit to them all. It is everything it is advertised to be ... and more.


Blow me down!
An outstanding collection of the best in bawdy ditties. “The Whores of Sailortown” may be the dirtiest and most delightful chantey I’ve yet found in 17 years of steady research on this subject. If you are looking for chanties you should think twice or three times before singing in polite company then this is the CD for you! — And CDBaby’s service was outstanding. My CD arrived in good order, and much quicker than I had expected.


Artistic Vulgarity
I like the vocal quality of the composer and the music does not compensate for a bad singing voice, rather it adds to the time period environment of these compositions. This album has a quality of arising from the hardworking unwashed vulgar crowd as opposed to the crowd that endeavors to gets it kicks from the broken end of a bottle.

Matt Leach

Ex Parrot of Captain Kid.
Salty Dick was one my better kindly keepers. I enjoyed sitting on his shoulders.

He swore and cursed very much as I recall.

And he was very unpleasant of mornings.

As I recall.

I'm still laughing.


Fancy a dog's nose
This is one bloody great CD, if you like the sound clips you'll love the CD, if you only ever buy one Sea songs CD buy this one, you won't regret it, just right for the mother in laws visit

Keith Rose

Excellent CD for those looking for a good laugh
After hearing the clips on the website I bought this CD right away and let me say that it certainly has not disappointed! I've been listening to it for over a week straight now and the songs still don't get old. A great CD for anyone looking for a great selection of dirty songs to sing along to in the car or to sing while you're at work.

John Mehlberg

The BEST bawdy sea shanty CD ever made.
This is simply the best authentic (and bawdy) sea shanty CD that has ever been made. It includes many songs which have never been recorded before -- some orally collected from Stan Hugil.


Dad and I Laughed To
We hope for a second album.
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