Today’s cultural moment

Because you haven’t lived until you’ve heard “The Wellerman” sung in Ukrainian.

English translation:

There once was a ship that put to sea
The name of that ship was the Billy o’ Tea; 
The winds blew hard, her bow dipped down
Blow, me bully boys, blow! 
Soon may the Wellerman come
To bring us sugar and tea and rum; 
One day when the tonguin’ 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. 
Soon may the Wellerman come
To bring us sugar and tea and rum; 
One day when the tonguin’ 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 low. 
Soon may the Wellerman come
To bring us sugar and tea and rum; 
One day when the tonguin’ is done
We’ll take our leave and go. 

No line was cut, no whale was freed; 
The captain’s mind was not on greed; 
But he belonged to the whaleman’s creed
She took that ship in tow. 
Soon may the Wellerman come
To bring us sugar and tea and rum; 
One day when the tonguin’ is done
We’ll take our leave and go. 

For forty days or even more
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 tonguin’ 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 tonguin’ is done
We’ll take our leave and go.

14 Responses to Today’s cultural moment

  1. jono51 says:

    Nice voice!

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  2. Genius editing to make it sound more like many were singing and playing. I guess that song can sound good in any language. Just lovely.

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  3. L.K. Latham says:

    It works! I’m sure it helps that she has such a nice voice.

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  4. ….and very nice it is too!

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  5. Raven says:

    Reblogged this on About the Jez of It and commented:
    Lovely

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  6. MiladyJo remarks, “That was lovely.”

    Yes, very nice, but the only word I could make out was something about Dumbledore – very strange. 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Corrie.S.P. says:

    That was amazing! I had never heard that song before but now nothing can do it justice!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Corrie.S.P. says:

    Reblogged this on Miraculus Homeschool and commented:
    You have to hear this!

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