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The Cotton-Screwing Chantey "We're All Surrounded"

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

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Hello, my name is Peter Kasin, a Park Ranger at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, and here is another in a series of "sheltered-in chanteys." This is called called "We're All Surrounded." It's a cotton-screwing chantey, used by screwmen, who in the southern ports were men who used large jackscrews to stow cotton into the hold of ships. So, here we go:

Martha wept and Mary Cried Chorus: We're all surrounded That good old man has up and died Chorus: We're all surrounded

Grand chorus: Carry the news, carry the news to Mary. Carry the news that we're all surrounded.

Shake off your slumbers and arise Chorus: We're all surrounded The sun is shining in the skies Chorus: We're all surrounded

Grand chorus: Carry the news, carry the news to Mary Carry the news that we're all surrounded

The good old man we'll see no more Chorus: We're all surrounded He has gone to the happy shore Chorus: We're all surrounded

Grand chorus: Carry the news, carry the news to Mary Carry the news that we're all surrounded

He's gone and left us all alone Chorus: We're all surrounded And Gabriel's trumpet called him home Chorus: We're all surrounded

Grand chorus: Carry the news, carry the news to Mary Carry the news that we're all surrounded

Adam and Eve climbed up a tree Chorus: We're all surrounded Their lamb and master for to see Chorus: We're all surrounded

Grand chorus: Carry the news, carry the news to Mary Carry the news that we're all surrounded

Eve stole an apple from a tree Chorus: We're all surrounded And Adam was stung by a Bumblebee Chorus: We're all surrounded

Grand chorus: Carry the news, carry the news to Mary Carry the news that we're all surrounded

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Ranger Kasin presents "We're All Surrounded," a cotton-screwing chantey sung by “screwmen" who, in southern U.S. ports, labored to turn large jackscrews which were used to tightly pack bales of cotton into the holds of cargo vessels.