Wellerman Lyrics – The Longest Johns

“Wellerman Lyrics”

There once was a ship that put to sea
And the name of that ship was the Billy o’ Tea
The winds blew hard, her bow dipped down
Blow, me bully boys, blow (Huh!)

Soon may the Wellerman come
To bring us sugar and tea and rum
One day, when the tonguin’ is done
We’ll take our leave and go

She had not been two weeks from shore
When down on her a right whale bore
The captain called all hands and swore
He’d take that whale in tow (Hah!)

Soon may the Wellerman come
To bring us sugar and tea and rum
One day, when the tonguin’ is done
We’ll take our leave and go

Before the boat had hit the water
The whale’s tail came up and caught her
All hands to the side, harpooned and fought her
When she dived down below (Huh!)

Soon may the Wellerman come
To bring us sugar and tea and rum
One day, when the tonguin’ is done
We’ll take our leave and go

No line was cut, no whale was freed;
The Captain’s mind was not on greed
But he belonged to the whaleman’s creed;
She took that ship in tow (Huh!)

Soon may the Wellerman come
To bring us sugar and tea and rum
One day, when the tonguin’ is done
We’ll take our leave and go

For forty days, or even more
The line went slack, then tight once more
All boats were lost, there were only four
But still that whale did go

Soon may the Wellerman come
To bring us sugar and tea and rum
One day, when the tonguin’ is done
We’ll take our leave and go

As far as I’ve heard, the fight’s still on;
The line’s not cut and the whale’s not gone
The Wellerman makes his a regular call
To encourage the Captain, crew, and all

Soon may the Wellerman come
To bring us sugar and tea and rum
One day, when the tonguin’ is done
We’ll take our leave and go

Soon may the Wellerman come
To bring us sugar and tea and rum
One day, when the tonguin’ is done
We’ll take our leave and go

Wellerman Lyrics

From 1833 onwards, the Wellermen, ships claimed by Weller Brothers of Sydney, provided arrangements to New Zealand shore whaling stations. They did this from their base in Otago, New Zealand, where they had set up a whaling station in 1831.

All through their reality, the Wellermen (otherwise called the Weller siblings), turned out to be New Zealand’s fundamental vendor merchants. The verses inspire symbolism of one of the Wellermen’s significant capacities; providing “sugar, tea and rum” to shore whalers.

The ‘Wellerman” ocean tune is much of the time misidentified as an ocean shanty, yet with shanties being melodies sung during redundant work, ‘Wellerman’ is rather a a whaling tune or ocean ditty, planned to recount a story or raise group assurance.

In January 2021, this tune became famous online on TikTok. In February 2021, The Longest Johns separated the tune on Genius’s “Confirmed.”

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