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The Wellerman is a popular Sea shanty. The song is believed to have been written in New Zealand around 1860–1870. While its authorship is unknown, it may have been written by a teenage sailor or shore whaler and may have served as a "cutting-in shanty" that whalers would sing as they slaughtered a whale. The song was uploaded to The Wiggles' YouTube Page on March 29, 2021.

Lyrics

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 (huh)

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 (huh)

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

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 (huh)

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

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 (huh)

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

For forty days or even more (ooh)

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

To bring us sugar and tea and rum

One day, when the tonguing is done

We'll take our leave and go

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

To bring us sugar and tea and rum

One day, when the tonguing is done

We'll take our leave and go

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

Song Credits

Trad. Arr. Anthony Field, Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce, Emma Watkins, Alex Keller, Dominic Lindsay

Trivia

  • This sea shanty is typically done by clapping your hands and thighs, but The Wiggles added music to it, with Dominic Lindsay on the trumpet.
  • Henry's costume appears to be a combo from the OG/Alternate Wiggles era: head (OG), hands (alternate era).

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