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Old March 17th, 2021, 04:55 PM
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Default Traveller Space Shanty: The Balad of the John Kanaka

A Traveller Shanty...A doomed crew out of Tarsus bound for Regina/Regina via Lunion (based on the traditional sea shanty 'John Kanaka' which can be found on yutube)

I heard, I heard the old man say, hey
John kanaka naka tulei yay,
Today's the day we Jump away,
John kanaka naka tulei yay,
Tura yay, oh, tura yay,
John kanaka naka tulei yay,

We’ll Jump tomorrow, but not today
John kanaka naka tulei yay,
We’ll Jump tomorrow, but not today
John kanaka naka tulei yay,
Tura yay, oh, tura yay,

We’re bout aaway from Highport bay
John kanaka naka tulei yay,
We’re bout T'Jump at break of day
John kanaka naka tulei yay,
Tura yay, oh,…


We're bound away 'round Lunion’s Horn
John kanaka naka tulei yay,
We wishin’ hard we'd ne’er been born
John kanaka naka tulei yay,
Tura yay, oh, tura yay,
John kanaka naka tulei yay,

Oh jump, oh Jump, oh jump away
John kanaka naka tulei yay,
Oh jump away and make your pay
John kanaka naka tulei yay,
Tura yay, oh, tura yay,

And we are Tarsus born and Tarsus bred
John kanaka naka tulei yay,
We're strong in the arm but we're thick in the head
John kanaka naka tulei yay,
Tura yay, oh,…


I thought I heerd Asta-Gator say,
John kanaka naka tulei yay,
“Jump tomorrow but not today.”
John kanaka naka tulei yay,
Tura yay, oh, tura yay,
John kanaka naka tulei yay,

Bosun says, “Before I'm done you'll wish you was no man's son.”
John kanaka naka tulei yay,
And Enjy-neer says, “ a‘fore I'm through you'll curse yur mother for havin’ you.”
John kanaka naka tulei yay,
Tura yay, oh, tura yay, oh..


There's rotten meat and there's musty bread,
And “jump or dead!” the Old Man said.
John kanaka naka tulei yay,
She wouldn't jump and she wouldn't stay,
She was leaking air in the lower bay.
John kanaka naka tulei yay,
She wouldn't jump and she wouldn't stay,
She was leaking air in the lower bay.
John kanaka naka tulei yay,
Tura yay, oh, tura yay,
John kanaka naka tulei yay,

When we arrive off Regina High
We'll tear the sheets and spend our pay.
John kanaka naka tulei yay,
Just one last suck of air? Belay!,
Tomorrow, boys, is our payday.
John kanaka naka tulei yay,
Tura yaaaay,
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