Sail Away Ladies

Last Chance String Band. The fiddler is Ryan Thomson, "Captain Fiddle."

Key of G. Two parts. Similar to Great Big Taters in Sandy Land and Sally Anne.


  • Vince Farsetta [mp3, other stuff]
  • Fiddle, banjo, and singing by Last Chance String Band [UToob]
  • Played by the Dusty Buskers duet [UToob]
  • Two Stefanini fiddlers at home. [UToob]
  • Instructional clawhammer video [Utoob]
  • Idiosyncratic clawhammer [Utoob]
  • Uncle Dave Macon, old record [Utoob]
  • Uncle Bunt Stephans, old record [box] [toob]
  • New Lost City Ramblers [myspace].
  • Joan Baez didn't play the banjo [back on utoob]
  • A shaking dock could be the worst place to shot a video [Utoob]
  • The blog, Joop's Musical Flowers, collected versions from folk, rock, and old time.


If ever I get my new house done, Sail away, ladies, sail away,

I'll give my old one to my son, Sail away, ladies, sail away.

Chorus [usually omit the one in brackets]

[Don't you rock 'em, da-dee-o,] Don't you rock 'em, da-dee-o

Don't you rock 'em, da-dee-o, Sail away ladies, sail away

Children, don't you weep and cry,...

You're gonna be angels by and by,...

Come along, girls, and go with me,...

We'll go back to Tennessee,...

I got a letter from Shiloh town,...

Ol' Saint Louie is a-burning down,...

I chew my tobacco and I spit my juice,...

I love my daughter but it ain't no use,...