A Hundred Years Ago
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Lesley Nelson-Burns


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Stan Hugill learned two different versions of this shanty, one from an English sailor and one from an American sailor. It was sung at the t'gallant halyards.

Hugill states it may be the shanty named Time for Us to Go mentioned in Two Years Before the Mast, though that could also refer to Leave Her Johnny, Leave Her.

A hundred years is a very long time,
Ho, yes, ho!
A hundred years is a very long time,
A hundred years ago.

They used to think that pigs could fly
Ho, yes, ho!
I don't believe it, no, not I.
A hundred years ago.

They thought he moon was made of cheese.
Ho, yes, ho!
You can believe it if you please.
A hundred years ago.

They thought the stars were set a-light,
Ho, yes, ho!
By some good angel every night,
A hundred years ago.

They hung a man for making steam,
They cast his body in the stream.
A hundred years ago.

A hundred years is a very long time,
Ho, yes, ho!
A hundred years is a very long time,
A hundred years ago.

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From Fifty Sailor's Songs or Chanties and
*Shanties from the Seven Seas
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