Won't You Go My Way?
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Lesley Nelson-Burns


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Stan Hugill collected this pumping shanty in the West Indies. According to Hugill it was popular among both black and white seamen.

Stan Hugill's version is in 2/4 time. I have included the verses of his version below.

I met her in the morning;
Won't you go my way?
I met her in the morning;
Won't you go my way?

In the morning bright and early;
Won't you go my way?
In the morning bright and early;
Won't you go my way?

O Julia, Anna, Maria;
Won't you go my way?
O Julia, Anna, Maria;
Won't you go my way?

I asked that girl to marry.
Won't you go my way?
I asked that girl to marry.
Won't you go my way?

She said she'd rather tarry.
Won't you go my way?
She said she'd rather tarry.
Won't you go my way?

Oh marry, never tarry.
Won't you go my way?
Oh marry, never tarry.
Won't you go my way?

Hugill's Version

I met her on the Bow'ry
Won't yiz go my way?
I met her on the Bow'ry
Won't yiz go my way?

She backed her main-tops'l smartly,
Won't yiz go my way?
She backed her main-tops'l smartly,
Won't yiz go my way?

She spent my money freely,
Won't yiz go my way?
She grabbed the lot or nearly.
Won't yiz go my way?

An' now that I am marry,
Won't yiz go my way?
I'm glad I didn't tarry.
Won't yiz go my way?

Oh, round her up so hearty,
Won't yiz go my way?
Yo-ho, oh, Jack-me-hearty.
Won't yiz go my way?

Oh, Julia, Anne, Maria.
Won't yiz go my way?
Oh, Julia, Anne, Maria.
Won't yiz go my way?

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From Folk-Songs, Chanteys and Singing Games and
Shanties from the Seven Seas
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