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Playlist of Johnny Collins

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  • Shanties & Songs of the Sea ⚓ Featuring Johnny Collins

    54:51

    0:00 • 1 Blow The Man Down (Flying Fish Sailor) (Halyard Shanty)
    2:29 • 2 Haul Boys Haul (Sea Song)
    5:39 • 3 Blood Red Roses (Halyard Shanty)
    7:35 • 4 South Australia (Pump Shanty)
    9:58 • 5 Leave Her Johnny (Pump Shanty)
    15:06 • 6 Randy Dandy O (Capstan Shanty)
    19:04 • 7 Fire Marengo (Capstan Shanty)
    21:00 • 8 Shallow Brown (Halyard Shanty)
    22:44 • 9 Eliza Lee (The Bulgine Run) (Capstan Shanty)
    25:13 • 10 Goodbye Fare Thee Well (Capstan Shanty)
    27:26 • 11 Maui (Sea Song)
    32:32 • 12 Old Billy Riley (Halyard Shanty)
    34:13 • 13 Bold Reilly-O (Halyard Shanty)
    37:40 • 14 Down The Bay To Juliana (Hauling Shanty)
    39:14 • 15 The Wild Goose (Halyard Shanty)
    41:19 • 16 Hard On The Beach Oar (Riverboat Song)
    43:52 • 17 Roll The Woodpile Down (Capstan Shanty)
    46:39 • 18 Dogger Bank (Sea Song)
    48:41 • 19 Sailor's Prayer (Sea Song)
    52:29 • 20 Farewell Shant (Sea Song)

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  • Johnny Collins - Leave Her Johnny

    5:12

    The traditional sea chantey, Leave Her Johnny, sung by English folk singer Johnny Collins.

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  • Johnny Collins - Eliza Lee

    2:33

    Johnny Collins - Eliza Lee (Capstan Shanty) from the Shanties & Songs of the Seas album.

  • Johnny Collins - Blow the Man Down

    2:29

    In this version, a flying-fish sailor, just home from Hong Kong, is mistaken by a police-man for a sailor off a Black Baller ship. Insulted, the sailor man strikes the police-man's jaw, and subsequently goes to jail.

    Lyrics -
    I'm a flying fish sailor just home from Hong Kong
    To me wey-hey, blow the man down
    If you give me some whiskey, I'll sing you a song
    Gimme some time to blow the man down

    As I was a-rolling down Paradise Street
    A handsome fat police-man I chanced for to meet

    He says You're a Black Baller by the cut of your hair;
    And them long red-topped sea boots that I see you wear.

    You've come from some packet that flies the Black Ball
    You've robbed some poor Dutchman of his boots, clothes and all.

    Says I to the police-man, You do me much wrong,
    I'm a flying fish sailor just home from Hong Kong!

    So I spat in his face and I stove in his jaw.
    Says he, My young sailor, you're breaking the law

    So they gave me six months, boys, in old Walton town
    For booting and kicking and blowing him down.

    So all you young sailors, before we belay
    Stay clear of fat police-men: you'll find it'll pay

    And it's blow the man down, bullies, blow the man down
    To me wey-hey, blow the man down
    Blow him right back into Liverpool town.
    Gimme some time to blow the man down.

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  • Johnny Collins - South Australia

    2:25

    The traditional sea shanty, South Australia, sung by English folk singer Johnny Collins.

  • Johnny Collins - Hard on the Beach Oar

    2:38

    British folk singer / shantyman Johnny Collins sings the traditional American riverboat song, Hard on the Beach Oar.

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  • Farewell Shanty - Johnny Collins

    2:21

  • Johnny Collins - Leave her Johnny

    5:10

    All rights go to the right owner..

  • Jim Mageean and Johnny Collins at Wokum Festival Sea

    7:19

    John Cherokee, Johnson Girls, Shawnee Town!

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  • Collins Kids - Johnny B. Goode

    2:30

    Larry B. Goode

  • Johnny Collins, Singer of Shanties & Songs of the Seas

    5:32

    Johnny Collins, Singer of Shanties & Songs of the Seas
    Filmed at the Zuiderzeemuseum at Enkhuizen 2006

  • Shanty Old Billy Riley - Johnny Collins

    1:39

    A Halyard Shanty

  • Shanties Randy Dandy Oh - Johnny Collins

    4:07

  • Sailors Prayer by Johnny Collins

    3:53

  • Johnny Collins, Singer of Shanties & Songs of the Seas

    4:13

    Johnny Collins, Singer of Shanties & Songs of the Seas
    Filmed at the Zuiderzeemuseum at Enkhuizen 2006

    This Video is being retained as a tribute to Johnny Collins, who sadly passed away on 6th July 2009 whilst appearing at the Tall Ships Concerts in Gdansk, Poland.

    Johnny Collins, a native of the county of Norfolk but latterly based in London, England, was a well travelled performer specialising in the singing of shanties, sea songs and maritime ballads.

    An internationally acclaimed performer and recording artist, Johnny has organised Folk clubs and topped the bill in concerts around the world since the mid-fifties: his vigorous style and his supreme ability to persuade audiences to join in choruses was unrivalled.

    Johnny was a familiar and welcome figure at many of the world's foremost maritime venues and festivals, and has guested in the U.S.A. at Maine Maritime Museum, Kendall Whaling Museum and Newport News Maritime Museum. He has also delighted audiences with several concert appearances at Mystic Seaport (U.S.A.) and was resident shantyman at Expo '88 in Brisbane, Australia.

    1983 was a highpoint in his singing career when, in partnership with Jim Mageean, he was a winner of the Intervision Song Contest in Rostock, GDR, with a medley of English sea shanties. In 1987, Johnny was invited by the government of the GDR to appear at the Berlin Shanty Festival which was organised to celebrate 750 years of that city.

    Regular forays into Europe continued to be part of Johnny's yearly itinerary. He was a main guest at the annual Liereliet at the Strontrace in Workum, Netherlands for many years. He also sang regularly in Belgium, Brittany, Germany, Holland, Poland and France.

  • Johnny Collins, Singer of Shanties & Songs of the Seas

    5:01

    Johnny Collins, Singer of Shanties & Songs of the Seas
    Filmed at the Zuiderzeemuseum at Enkhuizen 2006

    This Video is being retained as a tribute to Johnny Collins, who sadly passed away on 6th July 2009 whilst appearing at the Tall Ships Concerts in Gdansk, Poland.

    Johnny Collins, a native of the county of Norfolk but latterly based in London, England, was a well travelled performer specialising in the singing of shanties, sea songs and maritime ballads.

    An internationally acclaimed performer and recording artist, Johnny has organised Folk clubs and topped the bill in concerts around the world since the mid-fifties: his vigorous style and his supreme ability to persuade audiences to join in choruses was unrivalled.

    Johnny was a familiar and welcome figure at many of the world's foremost maritime venues and festivals, and has guested in the U.S.A. at Maine Maritime Museum, Kendall Whaling Museum and Newport News Maritime Museum. He has also delighted audiences with several concert appearances at Mystic Seaport (U.S.A.) and was resident shantyman at Expo '88 in Brisbane, Australia.

    1983 was a highpoint in his singing career when, in partnership with Jim Mageean, he was a winner of the Intervision Song Contest in Rostock, GDR, with a medley of English sea shanties. In 1987, Johnny was invited by the government of the GDR to appear at the Berlin Shanty Festival which was organised to celebrate 750 years of that city.

    Regular forays into Europe continued to be part of Johnny's yearly itinerary. He was a main guest at the annual Liereliet at the Strontrace in Workum, Netherlands for many years. He also sang regularly in Belgium, Brittany, Germany, Holland, Poland and France.

  • All the Good Times - Johnny Collins & Graham Knights

    3:28

    I recorded this clip at 'The Star Saint Mary in The Marsh on 20th February 2009.
    Johnny could be singing his own tribute, he will be sorely missed on the Folk and Maritime scene, RIP Johnny.

  • South Australia - Johnny Collins

    2:25

    South Australia
    In South Australia I was born
    Heave away, haul away
    South Australia is my home
    We're bound for South Australia
    Haul away you rolling kings to me
    Heave away, haul away
    Haul away oh hear me sing
    We're bound for South Australia
    Oh, as I walked out one morning fair
    Heave away, haul away
    'Twas there I met Miss Nancy Blair
    We're bound for South Australia
    Chorus
    I shook her up, I shook her down
    Heave away, haul away
    I shook her round and round the town
    We're bound for South Australia
    Chorus
    There's just one thing that grieves me mind
    Heave away, haul away
    That's leaving Nancy Blair behind
    We're bound for South Australia
    Chorus
    And as we wallop round Cape Horn
    Heave away, haul away
    You'll wish to God you’d never been born
    We're bound for South Australia
    Chorus
    I wish I was on Australia's strand
    Heave away, haul away
    With a bottle of whiskey in me hand
    We're bound for South Australia
    Haul away you rolling kings to me
    Heave away, haul away
    Haul away oh hear me sing
    We're bound for South Australia

  • Blood Red Roses - Johnny Collins

    2:02

    Blood Red Roses
    You bonny bunch of roses, oh
    Go down you blood red roses, go down
    Around Cape Horn through the ice and snow
    Go down you blood red roses, go down
    Oh, you pinks and posies
    Go down you blood red roses, go down
    Our boots and clothes are all in pawn
    Go down you blood red roses, go down
    It's cold and drafty 'round Cape Horn
    Go down you blood red roses, go down
    Oh, you pinks and posies
    Go down you blood red roses, go down
    Oh my old mother she said to me
    Go down you blood red roses, go down
    My darling son come home from sea
    Go down you blood red roses, go down
    Oh, you pinks and posies
    Go down you blood red roses, go down
    It’s growl you may, but go you must,
    Go down you blood red roses, go down
    If you growl too loud your head they’ll bust
    Go down you blood red roses, go down
    Oh, you pinks and posies
    Go down you blood red roses, go down
    I thought I heard the old man say
    Go down you blood red roses, go down
    Give her one good pull and then belay
    Go down you blood red roses, go down
    Oh, you pinks and posies
    Go down you blood red roses, go down

  • Johnny Collins with Jim Mageean + Co - Poor old Horse

    1:58

    Johnny Collins leads Jim Mageean, Stan Hugill and company at Workum Festival in 1990.

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  • Haul Boys Haul - Johnny Collins

    3:13

    Haul Boys Haul

    Now when I was a schoolboy I lived at home at ease
    Now I am a trawlin´ man, I sail the wintry seas
    I thought I´d like seafarin´ life, it´s all right ´til I found
    It´s a damned sight worse than slavery when we got off the ground

    And it was
    Haul, boys haul. Haul, boys haul
    Heave away the capstan, lads, and let´s get up the trawl
    When the winds a´ blowin´, the ship´s a gently rollin´

    My Emma, my Emma, won´t you be true to me
    Now every night in winter, as regular as a clock
    It´s on we all sail Wester, likewise your oilskin frock
    An then up to the capstan lads and then we´ll heave away
    Well that´s the cry in the middle of the night as well as in the day

    Chorus

    No when the fish are up on deck, a pilin´ to our knees
    We slip and slide and wonder why we ever went to sea
    But then ashore we sell the catch. That´s easier to bear
    For it´s beer all night in the ladies arms when we get paid our share

    Chorus

    With winter passin´ over and springtime comin´ on
    We go out in all weathers, no time for beer or song
    For the fish don´t wait for lovers, as you might quickly find
    Put on your oilskin jacket lad and leave the girls behind

    Chorus

    And when out trip is over, hard up the tiller goes
    And straight way into Yardmouth with a big jib on her nose
    And when we reach the pierhead, all the girls will loudly say
    Here comes our jolly trawlin´ lads that have been so long away

    And it was
    Haul, boys haul. Haul, boys haul
    Heave away the capstan, lads, and let´s get up the trawl
    When the winds a´ blowin´, the ship´s a gently rollin´
    My Emma, my Emma, won´t you be true to me
    My Emma, my Emma, won´t you be true to me

  • Maui - Johnny Collins

    5:10

  • Reach for the Gin by Johnny Collins

    2:45

    A great song for all small boat owners who don't venture out to sea. Performed by Johnny Collins at the 'Deal Maritime Festival 2008'.

  • Jutland

    4:44

    Provided to YouTube by CDBaby

    Jutland · Johnny Collins

    Now and Then

    ℗ 2009 Johnny Collins

    Released on: 2009-10-07

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Sailors Prayer - Johnny Collins

    3:53

  • Eliza Lee - Johnny Collins

    2:33

    Eliza Lee
    The smartest clipper you can find is,
    Ho eh, ho ah, are you most done?
    Shes the Margaret Evans on a blue sky line!
    Clear away the track and let the bulgine run.

    To my aye rig a jig in a junting gun,
    Ho eh, ho ah, are you most done?
    With Eliza Lee all on my knee,
    Clear away the track and let the bulgine run.
    Oh the Margaret Tenans on the blue star line,
    Ho eh, ho ah, are you most done?
    Shes never a day behind the time,
    Clear away the track and let the bulgine run.
    Chorus
    And when we're over in New York Town,
    Ho eh, ho ah, are you most done?
    We'll dance their bowly girls around,
    Clear away the track and let the bulgine run.
    Chorus
    Oh, we're outward bound for the west creek pier
    Ho eh, ho ah, are you most done?
    We'll go ashore at liverpool pier,
    Clear away the track and let the bulgine run.
    Chorus
    Oh, I thought I heard the old man say,
    Ho eh, ho ah, are you most done?
    We’ll leave that break three points away. (?)
    Clear away the track and let the bulgine run.
    Chorus
    Oh, when we're back in Liverpool town,
    Ho eh, ho ah, are you most done?
    I'll stand your whiskeys all around!
    Clear away the track and let the bulgine run.
    To my aye rig a jig in a junting gun,
    Ho eh, ho ah, are you most done?
    With Eliza Lee all on my knee,
    Clear away the track and let the bulgine run.

  • Johnny Collins - Maui

    5:11

    Johnny Collins - Maui.
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  • 2003 Chicago Maritime Festival - Johnny Collins - Let Peace Prevail

    2:49

    Johnny Collins performing at the 2003 Chicago Maritime Festival held February 22, 2003 at The Chicago Historical Society

  • 2003 Chicago Maritime Festival - Johnny Collins - Jutland

    4:43

    Johnny Collins performing at the 2003 Chicago Maritime Festival held February 22, 2003 at The Chicago Historical Society

  • Bound for the Rio Grand by Johnny Collins

    3:36

    Johnny Collins one of the most popular singers on the Maritme and Folk song circuit, performs at the 'Deal Maritime Festival 2008'.

  • Roll The Woodpile - Johnny Collins

    2:50

  • I Can Hew Boys - Johnny Collins & Graham Knights

    1:56

    I recorded this clip on 20th February 2009, at 'The Star', Saint Mary in The Marsh, Kent. Another good memory of a real Folk Hero, RIP Johnny.

  • Hard On The Beach Oar - Johnny Collins

    2:38

  • Johnny Collins

    2:45

    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

    Johnny Collins · Jean Ritchie

    Clear Waters Remembered

    ℗ 2011 Master Classics Records

    Released on: 2011-04-01

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Laeve Her Johnny - Johnny Collins

    5:12

    Leave Her Johnny
    Oh the work was hard and the wages low
    Leave her Johnny, leave her
    I guess it’s time for us to go
    And it's time for us to leave her
    Leave her Johnny, leave her
    Oh, leave her Johnny, leave her
    Oh the voyage is done and the winds don't blow
    And it's time for us to leave her
    Oh, I thought I heard the old man say
    Leave her Johnny, leave her
    Oh, tomorrow you will get you pay
    And it's time for us to leave her
    Chorus
    The winds blew foul and the seas ran high
    Leave her Johnny, leave her
    We shipped it green and none went by
    And it's time for us to leave her
    Chorus
    The mate was a bucko and the Old Man a Turk
    Leave her Johnny, leave her
    The bosun was a beggar with the middle name of work
    And it's time for us to leave her
    Chorus
    The Old Man swears and the mate swears too
    Leave her Johnny, leave her
    The crew all swears and so would you
    And it's time for us to leave her
    Chorus
    The starboard pump is like the crew
    Leave her Johnny, leave her
    It’s all worn out and will not do
    And it's time for us to leave her
    Chorus
    The rats are all gone and we the crew
    Leave her Johnny, leave her
    It's time be damned, that we went to
    And it's time for us to leave her
    Chorus
    Well I pray that we shall never more see
    Leave her Johnny, leave her
    In a hungry ship(bitch) the likes of she
    And it's time for us to leave her
    Leave her Johnny, leave her
    Oh, leave her Johnny, leave her
    Oh the voyage is done and the winds don't blow
    And it's time for us to leave her

  • Joe Dyson Orchestra - LOOPED 1956

    2:22

    A great Rhythm 'n' Blues tune from Ace Records, 1956.

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    2:59

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  • Shallow Brown - Johnny Collins

    1:48

  • 2007 Chicago Maritime Festival - Johnny Collins - Reach For The Gin

    3:38

    Johnny Collins performing at the 2007 Chicago Maritime Festival held February 24, 2007 at the Chicago History Museum

  • Goodbye Fare Thee Well - Johnny Collins

    2:17

    Goodbye Fare Thee Well
    Oh, we're homeward bound for Liverpool town
    Goodbye, fare thee well, Goodbye, fare thee well.
    Them Liverpool judies they all will come down.
    Hurrah, my boys, we're homeward bound!
    We're homeward bound for the girls of the town
    Goodbye, fare thee well, Goodbye, fare thee well.
    So stamp up my hearties, and heave her around,
    Hurrah, my boys, we're homeward bound!
    We're a fine flashy packet and bound for to go,
    Goodbye, fare thee well, Goodbye, fare thee well.
    With the girls on the towrope we cannot say no.
    Hurrah, my boys, we're homeward bound!
    And one to another you'll hear them say,
    Goodbye, fare thee well, Goodbye, fare thee well.
    Now here comes Johnny with his fourteen months pay.
    Hurrah, my boys, we're homeward bound!
    Oh, them girls there on Lime Street we soon hope to meet,
    Goodbye, fare thee well, Goodbye, fare thee well.
    And soon we'll be rolling both sides of the street.
    Hurrah, my boys, we're homeward bound!
    We'll meet those fly girls and we'll ring the old bell,
    Goodbye, fare thee well, Goodbye, fare thee well.
    With them girls we'll meet there we'll raise bloody hell.
    Hurrah, my boys, we're homeward bound!
    Then I'll tell me old women when I gets back home,
    Goodbye, fare thee well, Goodbye, fare thee well.
    The girls there on Lime Street won't leave me alone.
    Hurrah, my boys, we're homeward bound!
    Oh, we're homeward bound an I let yous to know
    Goodbye, fare thee well, Goodbye, fare thee well.
    It’s over the water to Liverpool we'll go.
    Hurrah, my boys, we're homeward bound!

  • Blow The Man Down - Johnny Collins

    2:34

    [b]Blow The Man Down[/b]
    I’m a Flying Fish Sailor just home from Hong Kong
    To me Way Hay Blow the man down
    Just give me some whiskey and I’ll sing yez a song
    Gimme some time to blow the man down
    Now as I was a rolling down Paradise Street
    To me Way Hay Blow the man down
    A handsome young policeman I chanced for to meet
    Gimme some time to blow the man down
    He says I see yez a Blackballer by the cut of your hair
    To me Way Hay Blow the man down
    And them long red topped sea boots I see that you wear
    Gimme some time to blow the man down
    I says Mister Oh Mister you does me great wrong
    To me Way Hay Blow the man down
    I’m a Flying Fish Sailor just home from Hong Kong
    Gimme some time to blow the man down
    So I spat in his face and I stove in his jaw
    To me Way Hay Blow the man down
    He says me young fella you’re breaking the law
    Gimme some time to blow the man down
    Well they gave me six months down in old Walton Town
    To me Way Hay Blow the man down
    For booting and kicking and blowing him down
    Gimme some time to blow the man down
    So come all you young sailors that follow the sea
    To me Way Hay Blow the man down
    Put your vents on the wind boys and listen to me
    Gimme some time to blow the man down
    Yes come all you young sailors and heed what I say
    To me Way Hay Blow the man down
    Steer clear of fat Policeman you’ll find it’ll pay
    Gimme some time to blow the man down

  • Johnny Collins, Singer of Shanties & Songs of the Seas

    2:48

    Johnny Collins, Singer of Shanties & Songs of the Seas
    Filmed at the Zuiderzeemuseum at Enkhuizen in 2006

    This Video is being retained as a tribute to Johnny Collins, who sadly passed away on 6th July 2009 whilst appearing at the Tall Ships Concerts in Gdansk, Poland.

    Johnny Collins, a native of the county of Norfolk but latterly based in London, England, was a well travelled performer specialising in the singing of shanties, sea songs and maritime ballads.

    An internationally acclaimed performer and recording artist, Johnny has organised Folk clubs and topped the bill in concerts around the world since the mid-fifties: his vigorous style and his supreme ability to persuade audiences to join in choruses was unrivalled.

    Johnny was a familiar and welcome figure at many of the world's foremost maritime venues and festivals, and has guested in the U.S.A. at Maine Maritime Museum, Kendall Whaling Museum and Newport News Maritime Museum. He has also delighted audiences with several concert appearances at Mystic Seaport (U.S.A.) and was resident shantyman at Expo '88 in Brisbane, Australia.

    1983 was a highpoint in his singing career when, in partnership with Jim Mageean, he was a winner of the Intervision Song Contest in Rostock, GDR, with a medley of English sea shanties. In 1987, Johnny was invited by the government of the GDR to appear at the Berlin Shanty Festival which was organised to celebrate 750 years of that city.

    Regular forays into Europe continued to be part of Johnny's yearly itinerary. He was a main guest at the annual Liereliet at the Strontrace in Workum, Netherlands for many years. He also sang regularly in Belgium, Brittany, Germany, Holland, Poland and France.

  • Johnny Collins & The Caravans - Theres A Christmas Tree Up In Heaven

    2:09

  • Dogger Bank - Johnny Collins

    2:06

  • Johnny Collins and Andy Tibbals Bring It On Home To Me

    3:13

    Lake Jam II

  • SAILING SHANTY - Goodbye Fare Ye Well - Johnny Collins

    2:11

    LEARN a SHANTY How to Sing Sea Shanties 1 - SHANTY BLOG 1 - Brian of Holcombe
    --~--
    Great Halyard Sea Shanty song here by Johnny Collins.

  • 2003 Chicago Maritime Festival - Johnny Collins - Drink Old England Dry

    3:00

    Johnny Collins performing at the 2003 Chicago Maritime Festival held February 22, 2003 at The Chicago Historical Society

  • 2003 Chicago Maritime Festival - Johnny Collins - Reach for the Gin

    3:36

    Johnny Collins performing at the 2003 Chicago Maritime Festival held February 22, 2003 at The Chicago Historical Society

  • 2007 Chicago Maritime Festival - Johnny Collins - Lines Upon The Water

    3:06

    Johnny Collins performing at the 2007 Chicago Maritime Festival held February 24, 2007 at the Chicago History Museum

  • Kirk Hanserd - Johnny Collins - Rockabilly 45

    2:54

    Kirk Hanserd, Johnny Collins, Hap Records 1003
    Recorded 1960, Chattanooga, Tennessee

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