OTF‎ > ‎Database of Tunes‎ > ‎

Sail Away Ladies

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,...
Last Chance String Band