Bold Riley


This traditional sea shanty.  Sailors were supposed to pull the sails during the chorus and rest in the verse.  I focused more on the goodbye-ness of the song than the work of getting the sails ready for sea. My friend Cayla Cardiff came up with a variety of harmonies.  She recorded both upper and lower harmonies and they are not the same static harmonies through the entire song. Her harmonies lift this song into a collective cry of parting from sweethearts and family.  


Oh the rain it rains all day long,

Bold Riley-o, Bold Riley,

And the northern wind, it blows so strong,

Bold Riley-o has gone away.


Goodbye my sweetheart, goodbye my dear-o

Bold Riley-o, Bold Riley,

Goodbye my darlin', goodbye my dear-o,

Bold Riley-o has gone away.


Well come on, Mary, don't look glum,

Bold Riley-o, Bold Riley,

Come White-stocking Day you'll be drinkin' rum

Bold Riley-o has gone away.


We're outward bound for the Bengal Bay,

Bold Riley-o, Bold Riley,

Get bending, me lads, it's a hell-of-a-way,

Bold Riley-o has gone away.


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