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A new version of "Sheffield Shanty", which was the opening track on "The Bright Carvings" (Thee SPC, 2006). It's pronounced 'Sheffield Shanty AYE AYE', not 'Sheffield Shanty two', which is what a landlubber would say.

Featuring players from Cornerstone Brass Band.

See the video here: youtu.be/KXVgMsxKZgo

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Avast! They're leaving town two by two
As the rain pours down and we're all soaked through
And as they march away, two by two
It's like we need an ark for the rest of us

So I'll cut my hair short
And I'll make a flag from an old black dress
That I'd have worn if it hadn't rained so much
That the seven hills became seven seas
And I'll sail my house from Broomhill to Walkley

Pretty Polly is a pigeon
She's got a gammy leg and she'll eat anything
I've got an eye patch with a hole in
Cos I don't need to navigate by stars - I use the road signs and the Arts Tower
Still, the rains come

So I'll cut my hair short
And I'll make a flag from an old black dress
That I'd have worn if it hadn't rained so much
That the seven hills became seven seas
And I'll sail my house from Crookes to Don Valley

You can be my cabin boy and I can be your long lost pal
I can call you Eddie
And Eddie when you call me you can call me Captain

So I'll cut my hair short
And I'll make a flag from an old black dress
That I'd have worn if it hadn't rained so much
That the seven hills became seven seas
And I'll sail my house from Fulwood to High Green

credits

from Sheffield Shanty II / Groucho, released February 26, 2016
Written by Nat Johnson
Brass arrangement by Damian Wileman
Produced by Dave Sanderson
Recorded at 2Fly Studios, Sheffield, 2016

Nat Johnson - guitar, vocals, percussion
Kevin Gori - slide guitar, glockenspiel
Adrian Wileman - cornets
Chris Allchin - tenor horn
Joshua Chapman - baritone horn
Damian Wileman - tuba

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Monkey Swallows the Universe Sheffield, UK

"Sheffield's loveliest band" - The Guardian

MSTU are: Nat Johnson, Kevin Gori, Cate Tully, Andy George & Rob Dean.

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