Beach Boys “Sloop John B” U&C

Not sure what took this one so long – really, I have no idea, especially considering this is one of my three favorite songs –  but, anyway, here’s the Beach Boys‘ “Sloop John B,” the latest installment of Uncovered & Covered.

(from Wikipedia)

Sloop John B” is the seventh track on The Beach BoysPet Sounds album and was also a single which was released in 1966 on Capitol Records. It was originally a traditional West Indies folk song, possibly recorded earliest by The Weavers under the title “Wreck of the John B”, the song taken from a collection by Carl Sandburg (1927). Alan Lomax made a field recording of the song in Nassau, 1935, under the title “Histe Up the John B. Sail”. This recording appears on the album Bahamas 1935: Chanteys And Anthems From Andros And Cat Island.[1] The song was adapted by Weavers member Lee Hays. The recording of the song which directly influenced The Beach Boys was by The Kingston Trio, who used the title “The Wreck Of The John B”.

Beach Boys “Sloop John B”

Beach Boys “Sloop John B (A capella)”

Beach Boys “Sloop John B (Instrumental)”

Beach Boys “Sloop John B (The State remix)”

Beach Boys “Sloop John B (Tinypixel remix)”

Alan Lomax “Histe Up the John B’s Sails (1935)”

Cleveland Simmons Group “Histe up the John B’s Sails (1935)”

Everyday Visuals “Sloop John B”

Heartburn “Sloop John B”

Indian Summer Band “Sloop John B”

Irwin Icon “Sloop John B”

Jimmy Winchell “Sloop John B”

Kingston Trio “Sloop John B”

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes “Sloop John B”

Octo-Pipers “Sloop John B”

Relient K “Sloop John B”

Simple Minds “Sloop John B”

Beach Boys “Sloop John B” lyrics:

We come on the Sloop John B.
My grandfather and me
Around Nassau Town we did roam.
Drinking all night, got into a fight.
Well, I fell so broke up, I want to go home.

So hoist up the John B. sails,
See how the main-sail sets.
Call for the Captain ashore, let me go home
Let me go home, I wanna go home
Well, I feel so broke up, I wanna go home

The first mate, he got drunk.
Broke in the Captain’s trunk.
Constable had to come and take him away.
Sheriff John Stone, why don’t you leave me alone?
Well, I feel so broke up, I wanna go home

So hoist up the John B. sails.
See how the main-sail sets.
Call for the Captain ashore, let me go home
Let me go home, I wanna go home
Well, I feel so broke up, I wanna go home

The poor cook he took fits.
Through away all my grits.
Then he took and he ate up all of my corn.
Let me go home, why don’t they let me go home?
This is the worst trip I’ve ever been on

So hoist up the John B. sails
See how the main sail sets
Call for the Captain ashore, let me go home
Let me go home, I wanna go home…

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