Song List

The Rogue Shanty Buoys are passionate about celebrating and reviving the heritage and culture of the folk music created by the traditional industries of East Anglian and Suffolk as well and bringing the songs to newer listeners and audiences further afield.

Our repertoire includes a mix of authentic shanties, sea songs, whaling arias, naval ballads, smuggling and wrecking refrains, pirate hymns, murder ballads and tunes of ne’er-do-wells, from the 6th-century to the mid-1950’s. We also cover modern and contemporary songs and ’90s classics sung in the traditional call and response “shanty” style of sea shanties.


  • The Drunken Sailor
  • Soon May The Wellerman Come
  • The John B. Sails (Wreck of the John B.)
  • Yarmouth Town
  • Haul Away, Joe
  • Sam Gone Away
  • Pay Me My Money Down
  • (Round) The Bay Of Mexico
  • South Australia
  • (We’ll Roll The Old Chariot Along) A Drop of Nelson’s Blood
  • The Worst Old Ship (Waiting For the Day)
  • Let The Bulgine Run
  • Rattle Them Winches
  • The Last Shanty
  • Yeller Girls
  • Leave Her Johnny
  • Windy Old Weather
  • Mollymauk
  • The Balaena
  • Randy Dandy-O
  • Stormy Weather Boys


  • The Arbroath Tragedy
  • Beyond the Sea
  • The Farewell Shanty / Padstow Farewell
  • Farewell to Tarwathie
  • God Moves on the Water
  • Goodbye My Riley-O
  • If I Were A Blackbird
  • The Unnatural Murder
  • Three Score and Ten


  • UPTOWN FUNK (Bruno Mars)
  • ICE ICE BABY (Vanilla Ice)
  • HIT ME BABY ONE MORE TIME (Britney Spears)
  • MESSAGE TO YOU RUDY (the Specials)
  • PARKLIFE (Blur)
  • WANNABE (The Spice Girls)
  • GALWAY GIRL (Ed Sheeran)
  • BAGGY TROUSERS (Madness)
  • REACH (S Club 7)Uptown Funk (Bruno Mars)
  • NO DIGITTY (Blackstreet)
  • PENCIL FULL OF LEAD (Paolo Nutini)

(Whaling Songs, Naval Ballads, Smuggling Songs, Ceremonial, Pirate Hymns)

  • Blood Red Roses
  • The Chandler’s Wife
  • Chiosmuil’s Galley
  • The Corncrake
  • The Dead Horse
  • Don’t Forget Your Old Shipmate
  • Eight Bells
  • John Carter, the Smuggler
  • Maggie May
  • My Son John (Mrs. McGrath)
  • Old Billy Riley
  • The Rattlin’ Bog
  • Seallaibh Curaigh Eoghainn (Gaelic)
  • She Was a Rum ‘Un
  • Spanish Ladies