Rolling Down To Old Maui

h1 September 1st, 2010

This is a Pacific whaling song. Most whaling songs I know are Atlantic based, sailing to Iceland and Greenland whale fisheries. This is the story of a ship based in Maui that sailed to the Kamchatka_Peninsula where there were many types of whales in the 1800s.

I would encourage you to listen to this with large speakers or earphones, as there some low frequencies that will surely be lost through computer sound systems.

[Em] It’s a mighty tough [B7] life [Em] full of toil and [B7] strife

[Em] We whaler-men [D] under [Em] go
And we really don’t [B7] care when the [Em] gale is [B7] done

[Em] How hard them [D] winds did [Em] blow

[G] We’re homeward bound from the [D] Arctic Sound

With a [C] good ship taut and [B7] free
And we’ll have our [B7] fun when we [Em] drink our [B7] rum

[Em] With the girls of [D] Old [Em] Maui
[G] Rolling down to Old [D] Maui, me boys
Rolling down to Old [B7] Maui
We’re homeward [B7] bound from the [Em] Arctic [B7] Ground
Rolling down to [D] Old [Em] Maui

Once more we sail with a Northerly gale

Through the ice, and wind, and rain

Them coconut fronds, them tropical lands

We soon shall see again

Six brutal months have passed away

On the cold Kam-chat-ka sea

But now we’re bound from the Arctic ground

Rolling down to Old Maui


Once more we sail the Northerly gale

Going towards our Island home

Our mainmast sprung, our whaling done

We ain’t got far to roam

Our stuns’l booms is carried away

What care we for that sound

A living gale is after us

Thank God we’re homeward bound


How soft the breeze through the island trees

Now the ice is far astern

Them native maids, them tropical glades

Is awaiting our return

Even now their big, round eyes look out

Hoping some fine thing to see

Our baggy sails running ‘fore the gales

Rolling down to Old Maui


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