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Wellerman (Sea Shanty)

Digital Sheet Music

By Mario Stallbaumer

Piano Solo, Piano/Vocal/Chords - Intermediate - Digital Download
Arranged by Mario Stallbaumer. Folk. 2 pages. Published by Mario Stallbaumer (S0.960557).

Item Number: S0.960557

With this sheet music, you can play the sea shanty "Wellerman" on piano!

It's an accurate, playable piano arrangement of the traditional folk song.
This sheet music also includes the full lyrics (6 verses).

"Wellerman" is a sea shanty from New Zealand which dates back to the early 19th century.

Back then, the term "Wellerman" was used for employees of the Weller Brothers’ shipping company in Sydney, which supplied whaling stations around New Zealand with essential provisions (including sugar, tea, and rum, as mentioned in the song).

In 2021, the song became an internet meme - TikTok users collaborated with the app's duet function to record virtual group performances of the song, which soon starting to go viral.

"Wellerman" also makes for a fantastic piano cover!

Here are the full lyrics to the traditional sea shanty "Wellerman":

There once was a ship that put to sea,
And the name of that ship was the Billy o' Tea
The winds blew hard, her bow dipped down,
Blow, me bully boys, blow!

Soon may the Wellerman come
to bring us sugar and tea and rum.
One day, when the tonguing' is done,
We'll take our leave and go.

She had not been two weeks from shore
When down on her a right whale bore.
The captain called all hands and swore
He'd take that whale in tow.

Soon may the Wellerman come...

Before the boat had hit the water
The whale's tail came up and caught her.
All hands to the side, harpooned and fought her,
When she dived down below.

Soon may the Wellerman come...

No line was cut, no whale was freed,
An' the captain's mind was not on greed!
But he belonged to the Whaleman's creed
She took that ship in tow

Soon may the Wellerman come...

For forty days or even more,
the line went slack then tight once more,
All boats were lost, there were only four
and still that whale did go.

Soon may the Wellerman come...

As far as I've heard, the fight's still on,
The line's not cut, and the whale's not gone!
The Wellerman makes his regular call
to encourage the captain, crew and all!

Soon may the Wellerman come...

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  • May 14, 2021 Pretty cool

    This was a good learning sheet except that it doesn’t sound like what the video sounded like

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