Storm Along
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Lesley Nelson-Burns

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This shanty was originally sung around the pumps and later used as a capstan shanty. According to Hugill there is no doubt it is of African-American origin. It dates to at least the 1830s and 40s.*

Hugill lists several shanties of the "Stormalong family;" Mister Stormalong, Stormy Along, John, Stormalong, Boys, Stormy, Way Stormalong John, Walk Me Along, Johnny (Storm and Blow) and Yankee John, Stormalong. Most of these were halyard shanties, but Mister Stormalong and Storm Along, John were also sung at the pumps. In most of the Stormalong songs there was a pattern of praising the dead seaman or praising the son of the dead seaman.

Stormie's gone, the good old man,
To my aye storm a-long!
Oh, Stormie's gone, that good old man;
Aye, aye, aye, Mister Storm a-long.

They dug his grave with a silver spade,
To my aye storm a-long!
The shroud of finest silk was made;
Aye, aye, aye, Mister Storm a-long.

They lowered him with a golden chain,
To my aye storm a-long!
Their eyes all dim with more than rain;
Aye, aye, aye, Mister Storm a-long.

He was a sailor bold and true,
To my aye storm a-long!
A good old skipper to his crew;
Aye, aye, aye, Mister Storm a-long.

Of captain brave, he was the best,
To my aye storm a-long!
But now he's gone and is at rest;
Aye, aye, aye, Mister Storm a-long.

He lies low in an earthen bed,
To my aye storm a-long!
Our hearts are sore our eyes are red;
Aye, aye, aye, Mister Storm a-long.

He's moored at least and furled his sail,
To my aye storm a-long!
No danger now from wreck or gale;
Aye, aye, aye, Mister Storm a-long.

Old Storm has heard the angel call,
To my aye storm a-long!
So sing his dirge, now one and all;
Aye, aye, aye, Mister Storm a-long.

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From Fifty Sailor's Songs or Chanties and
*Shanties from the Seven Seas
See Bibliography for full information.