Liberty for the Sailors

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LIBERTY FOR THE SAILORS. English, Air (6/8 time). England, Northumberland. D Major/Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The song (air and lyric) appears in the c. 1812 music manuscript collection of Northumbrian musician John Bell [1] (1783-1864). Bruce & Stokoe include this tune amongst several press-gang songs -- see note for "Captain Bover."

Lasses, call your lads ashore, (x3)
There's liberty for the sailors.

"Liberty and money free, (x3)
There's liberty for the sailors.

Lety the Lubbers lie aboard, (x3)
Because the are no sailors. ... (John Bell).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Bruce & Stokoe (Northumbrian Minstrelsy), 1882; p. 127.

Recorded sources:




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