Lyrics

Round the Corner, Sally

Halyard Shanty

Traditional

We’re leaving sunny Mexico
Round The Corner, Sally!
All around Cape Horn we’ll go.
Round The Corner, Sally!
Chorus:
Round The Corner is a long, long way, to Valipo and Callao Bay,
Round The Corner we must roam, we don’t care if we never go home.

Say, was you ever off Cape Horn,
Where your ass is never warm. (Chorus)

There’s ice and snow and sleet and rain,
You’ll meet them coming back again. (Chorus)

Oh, when we reach those Western seas,
We’ll drop right in to Madam Gashee’s. (Chorus)

Them Spanish gals will make you smile,
You’ll want to stay for a long, long while. (Chorus)

Up aloft this yard must go.
Mr. Mate has told us so. (Chorus)

Song Notes

Callao is a port town adjacent to Lima, Peru on the west coast of South America.  It is one of the centers of the guano trade which was important at this time for the production of gunpowder.

In Spanish it is pronounced KAI-oh, but the British sailors called it KALLY-oh.