Defying all probability, The Wellerman kicked off a sea shanty craze early in 2021. It's a catchy rollicking tune that will stick between your ears and plague you for weeks if you're not careful.
There once was a whaler that put to sea,
And the name of that ship was the Belle Marie
Her sails did billow, and her bow rose high
Oh blow, me bully boys, blow!
Soon may the Wellerman come
to bring us sugar and tea and rum.
One day, when the tonguing' is done,
We'll take our leave and go
She'd not been out many days from shore
When a mighty whale from the deeps did roar
The captain came on deck and swore
He'd take that whale in tow
When the first boat had hardly hit the water
The whale's tail came up and caught her
All hands in the second harpooned and fought her
As she dived down below
They cut no line, no whale they freed,
The captain never gave in to greed
He kept true to the Whalemen’s creed
As she took his ship in tow
For forty days and nights or more,
That line went slack then tight once more,
The boats were smashed, every one of four
Yet still that whale did go
Now to this day that fight’s not won
The line's not cut, and the whale's not gone !
The Wellerman makes his regular call
To encourage the captain, crew and all!