Wellerman (Sea Shanty)
by Nathan Evans • Lesson #346 • Jan 13, 2021
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Hey friends, here’s a video guitar lesson and PDF chord sheet for Wellerman – the 19th century New Zealand folksong that is at the center of #ShantyTok thanks to Nathan Evans. Nathan is a Scottish artist who uploaded a video of him singing this song solo – and the duets and remixes that poured in are simply amazing. See my video to learn how to play along with Evans’ version, and most of the remixes. You will need a capo on the 3rd fret. I’ll keep things as beginner as possible, as this song is meant to be shared far and wide… don’t let that F chord stop you! Let’s do it.
Capo 3rd fret, 96 BPM, Key of A-minor.
VERSE Am Am Dm Am There once was a ship that put to sea...... the name of the ship was the Billy of Tea Am Am E Am The winds blew up, her bow dipped down... o blow, my bully boys, blow CHORUS F C Dm Am Soon----- may the Wellerman come........ to bring us sugar and tea and rum F C E Am One day, when the tonguin' is done... we'll take our leave and go Am Am Dm Am She had not been two weeks from shore... when down on her, a right whale bore Am Am E Am The captain called all hands and swore... he'd take that whale in tow [ repeat chorus ] Am Am Dm Am Before the boat had hit the water... the whale's tail, came up and caught her Am Am E Am All hands to the side, harpooned and fought her... when she dived down below [ repeat chorus ] Am Am Dm Am No line was cut, no whale was freed... the Captain's mind was not on greed Am Am E Am But he belonged to the whaleman's creed... she took the ship in tow [ repeat chorus ] Am Am Dm Am For forty days, or even more... the line went slack, then tight once more Am Am E Am All boats were lost, there were only four... but still that whale did go [ repeat chorus ] Am Am Dm Am As far as I've heard, the fight's still on... the line's not cut and the whale's not gone Am Am Dm Am The Wellerman makes his regular call... to encourage the Captain, crew, and all [ repeat chorus x2, end]
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