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"Blow Ye Winds in the Morning," Lyrics, Text Format

Syncopation occurring on the first quarter of the second beat and
a descending minor arpeggio built from the sixth, Dm (Mi\Do\La).


  • Grade: Fourth
  • Origin: USA – Sea Chanty
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 2/4
  • Form: AB, verse/chorus
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ti ti ti ti | ta/ ti | syncopation, | ti ti ri ti/ | syncopation | ti ti ti ti ri | syncopation, | ta/a |
  • Pitches: intermediate: So La Ti Do Re Mi Fa So La
  • Intervals: intermediate: So/Do, Do/Mi/So ascending tonic arpeggio, Mi\Do\La descending vi (Dm) arpeggio, La/Re, Fa/La, La\Mi, So\Re/So, So\Do
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, dotted eighth, eighth, sixteenth; pickup beat, syncopation on the second half of the second beat (and of 2) and the first quarter of the second beat, verse/chorus
  • Key Words: Americans, USA geography, Boston, New York, Buffalo, NY, New Bedford, sea song, sailors song, sea chanty, chanty, advertised, becoming a whaling sailor, whaling, running gear, whaling port, land-sharks, board, fit you out, clipper-ship, ship’s watch; contractions: you’re (you are), we’re (we are); ’tis (it is)

“Blow Ye Winds in the Morning” 
1. ‘Tis advertised in Boston, New York and Buffalo,
Five hundred brave Americans a-whaling for to go.
Singing, blow, ye winds in the morning,
And blow ye winds high-ho
clear away your running gear,
And blow, boys, blow.
They send you to New Bedford, that famous whaling port,
And give you to some land-sharks to board and fit you out.
3. They tell you of the clipper-ships-a-going in and out,
And say you’ll take five hundred whales before you’re six months out.
4. It’s now we’re out to sea, my boys, the wind comes on to blow;
One half the watch is sick on deck, the other half below.
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