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A Sausalito Sea Chanty

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Published on Mar 17, 2012

The history of the Sausalito waterfront in song. Written performed by Victoria Colella with Stuart Rabinowish on squeez box. Here are words so you can get in the mood and 'sing along'!

In old Sausalito
On Richardson's Bay
Treasures and secrets
You'll find here today

Fairytale people
Of legend and lore
Lived on the boats
That sprinkle the shore

Row
Row bullies row
This 'Little Willow'
Has got us in tow


Otis sat here
And wrote 'Dock of the Bay'
Varda he danced
With Nijinsky's Ballet

Kerouac and Watts
On Vallejo they stayed
Hayden on Pirate
On the Ark Redlegs played

Row
Row bullies Row
Those waterfront Heroes
Have got us in tow


In the World War II Shipyard
History lives
Great things accomplished
Magic it is

Gate 5 to Napa
Cranes to the docks
Seventy thousand
Worked 'round the clock

Row
Row bullies row
Those Libertyships
Have got us in tow


Now the shipyards and boat shops
Still humming today
Keepin' alive
our traditional ways


Restoring old Freda
Steaming oak ribs
Arques and Spaulding
Gave what they could give

Row
Row bullies row
Those handsome young shipwrights
Have got us in tow


At Galilee Harbor
Battles were won
When they tore down Bob's Boatyard
It seemed they were done

But the Galilee crew
Are a fierce fighting breed
And when the smoke cleared
Their cove had been freed

Row
Row bullies row
Those Galilee pirates
Have got us in tow


From the 1940's
Artillery barge
(You can see) Annie's Island
It's not a mirage

Seems that one weekend
When the council was gone
Cass ran his dredge
A marina was born

Row
Row bullies row
The Queen of the Fleet
She has got us in tow


Now it's on to the fancy,
Exotic and fair
Classic bright woodies
Abound everywhere

There are Bird boats and Bear boats
Clippers and tugs
Monterey's, dories
All stuck in the mud

Row
Row bullies row
Those sweet varnish bunnies
Have got us in tow


Sausalito Sea Chanty
Music based on Row Bullies Row
Lyrics by Victoria Colella
Copyrite 2008. All Rights Reserved

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