Barney Buntline (Anonymous)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-15)  CPDL #77359:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-15).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 516 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Barney Buntline
Composer: Anonymous
Arranger: John Piersol McCaskey
Lyricist: Charles Dibdin
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1892 Harper & Bros.
Description: 

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Original text and translations

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One night came on a hurricane,
The sea was mountains rolling,
When Barney Buntline turned his quid,
And said to Billy Bowling:
“A strong nor’wester’s blowing, Bill;
Hark! don’t ye hear it roar now?
Lord help ’em, how I pities them
Unhappy folks on shore now!”

Bow, wow, wow,
Rumti iddy,
Rumti iddy,
Bow, wow, wow!

“Foolhardy chaps who live in towns,
What danger they are all in,
And now lie quaking in their beds,
For fear the roof shall fall in:
Poor creatures! how they envies us,
And wishes, I’ve a notion,
For our good luck, in such a storm,
To be upon the ocean!”

“And as for them who’re out all day
On business from their houses,
And late at night are coming home,
To cheer their babes and spouses,—
While you and I, Bill, on the deck
Are comfortably lying,
My eyes! what tiles and chimney-pots
About their heads are flying!”

“And very often have we heard
How men are killed and undone
By overturns of carriages,
By thieves and fires in London.
We know what risks all landsmen run,
From noblemen to tailors;
Then, Bill, let us thank Providence
That you and I are sailors.”