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Whiskey is the life of man.

Whiskey! Johnny!

Whiskey from an old tin can

Whiskey for me Johnny


Whiskey up and whiskey down

Whiskey! Johnny!

Whiskey all around the town

Whiskey for me Johnny


Whiskey here and whiskey there

Whiskey! Johnny!

Whiskey almost anywhere

Whiskey for me Johnny


Scared for life whiskey makes nice rum

Whiskey! Johnny!

We like both but ain't got none

Whiskey for me Johnny


Some like whiskey some like beer

Whiskey! Johnny!

I wish I had a barrel here!

Whiskey for me Johnny


A tod of whiskey for each hand

Whiskey! Johnny!

A barrel for the shantyman

Whiskey for me Johnny


I wish I knew where whisky grew

Whiskey! Johnny!

I'd eat the leaves and the branches too

Whiskey for me Johnny


If Thames was whiskey and I could swim

Whiskey! Johnny!

I'd say it goes and jump right in

Whiskey for me Johnny


If Thames was whiskey and I was a duck

Whiskey! Johnny!

I'd dive to the bottom and suck it all up

Whiskey for me Johnny


If e'er you come to London town

Whiskey! Johnny!

Stay well clear of skang eye brown

Whiskey for me Johnny


He'll dope his whiskey night and morn

Whiskey! Johnny!

And send you all around Cape Horn

Whiskey for me Johnny


Whiskey made the old man say

Whiskey! Johnny!

Just one more haul and then belay

Whiskey for me Johnny

WHISKEY! JOHNNY!

Sea Shanty - Traditional

Singers - Forest School Campers

Audio - VirtualCampfire.co.uk


This is a 'call and response' acappella performance by singers who are having fun with songs on a camping holiday. Forest Campers may have invented this unusual set of lyrics, developing a London theme that mentions the River Thames and a notorious drinking character named ‘Skang Eye Brown’. Each verse features a solo line from the shantyman while everyone else replies with the short refrain of “Whiskey! Johnny!” and “Whiskey for me Johnny”.This provides a regular, heavy rhythm so the tune and tempo remain constant. Going back in time to days when human muscles were the only power source available aboard ship, new lyrics were probably made up on the spot as the sailors sang and hauled in the rigging. Some other shanties also provide two pulls of the rigging for each verse, as in ‘Blow the man down!" and "Hanging Johnny".


This song may also be familiar as one of the professional recordings of Sea Shanties from "Assassin's Creed", Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation®4, Epic Games Store, Ubisoft.

Sailors working onboard the 'Parma', 1932.

National Maritime Museum from Greenwich, United Kingdom.

No restrictions, via Wikimedia Commons.