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De Hamborger Veermaster (Sea Shanty)

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Uploaded on Jun 27, 2009

English comment see below.
De Hamborger Veermaster (hochdeutsch: Der Hamburger Viermaster) ist ein Shanty auf Plattdeutsch mit englischem Refrain. Das Lied ist eine Adaption des englischen Shanty "The Banks Of Sacramento". Die Melodie stammt von einem Kirchenlied, der Refrain aus der englischen Ballade "Ten thousand miles away" (Wikipedia).

"De Hamborger Veermaster" (Standard German: "Der Hamburger Viermaster", English: Hamburg's four-master) is a famous sea shanty sung in Low German. It was written in 1849 and takes up the California Gold Rush from 1848/1849.

The picture at the beginning shows the four-masted steel barque "Passat". It was taken by Thomas Möller and is used here under the terms of GDFL. The "Passat" is landmark anchored in Travemünde, Germany.

Ick heff mol'n Hamborger Veermaster sehn,
|:To my hooday!:|
De Masten so scheep as den Schipper sien Been,
To my hooday, hooday, ho!

Refrain:
Blow, boys, blow, for Californio,
There is plenty of gold, so I am told,
On the banks of Sacramento.

Dat Deck weer von Isen, vull Schiet un vull Smeer.
|:To my hooday!:|
Dat weer de Schietgäng ehr schönstes Pläseer.
To my hooday, hooday, ho!

Refrain

Dat Logis weer vull Wanzen, de Kombüs weer vull Dreck,
|:To my hooday!:|
De Beschüten, de löpen von sülven all weg.
To my hooday, hooday, ho!

Refrain

Dat Soltfleesch weer grön, un de Speck wör vull Modn.
|:To my hooday!:|
und Köm geef dat blots an Wiehnachtsobend.
To my hooday, hooday, ho!

Refrain

Un wulln wi mol seiln, ick sech dat ja nur,
|:To my hooday!:|
Dann lööp he dree vorut un veer wedder retur.
To my hooday, hooday, ho!

Refrain

As dat Schipp, so weer ok de Kaptein,
|:To my hooday!:|
De Lüüd för dat Schipp weern ok blots schangheit.
To my hoo day, hoo day, ho!

Refrain (2x)

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamborge... for an English translation!

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