Drunken Sailor

Text:  
What shall we do with the drunken sailor,
What shall we do with the drunken sailor,
What shall we do with the drunken sailor,
Earlie in the morning?

Put him in the long-boat ‘till he’s sober,
Put him in the long-boat ‘till he’s sober,
Put him in the long-boat ‘till he’s sober,
Earlie in the morning.

Hey-ho and up she rises,
Hey-ho and up she rises,
Hey-ho and up she rises,
Earlie in the morning. 

About the song:  This well known English folk song has many verses, of which just two (and the chorus) are used in this arrangement.  The song uses an unusual scale in English-language music - the Dorian mode.  (One of the few other examples is Greensleeves.)  The song is also iseful in teaching the rhythm ti-tikka.

About the arrangement:  Irregular phrase lengths and syncopated rhythms in the accompaniment are used to imitate the drunken sailor.  In the middle of the arrangement the cellos, basses and violas play the melody while the violins accompany with a figure that imitates a rough sea.


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