Blood Red Roses (Mark Chapman)

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  • (Posted 2015-03-03)   CPDL #34709:       
Editor: Mark Chapman (submitted 2015-03-03).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 141 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC SA
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General Information

Title: Blood Red Roses
Composer: Mark Chapman
Lyricist:

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:

Description: A simple arrangement of a traditional halyard shanty (call and response work song).

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Original text and translations

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Our boots and clothes are all in pawn
Go down, you blood red roses, Go down.
And it's flamin' drafty 'round Cape Horn,
Go down, you blood red roses, Go down.
Oh, you pinks and posies,
Go down, you blood red roses, Go down.

My dear old mother said to me,
Go down, you blood red roses, Go down.
My dearest son, come home from sea.
Go down, …

It's 'round Cape Horn we all must go,<
Go down, you blood red roses, Go down.
'Round Cape Horn in the frost and snow
Go down, …