Shallow Brown

Hugill thinks this to be of West Indian origin, “Challo” being a word of Carib extraction meaning half-caste. It started life as a pumping song, but in the latter days of sail was usually sung at halyards. It was usual to start the song with the chorus.

 

Shallow Brown
 
Fare thee well, me Juliana
 Shallow, o shallow brown
Fare thee well, me Juliana
 
And it's shallow in the morning
Just as the day was dawning
 
I've put me clothes in order
For our packet leaves tomorrow
 
Yes, our packet leaves tomorrow
And it fills me heart with sorrow
 
For I love to gaze upon you
And to spend me money on you
 
O you are me only treasure
And I love ye still full measure
 
In me cradle lies me baby
I don't want no other lady
 
O my wife and baby grieve me
It just breaks me heart to leave ye
 
For I'm bound away to leave ye
But I never will deceive ye
 
Fare the well me Juliana
Fare thee well, me Juliana