A Hundred Years Ago

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This example of "A Hundred Years Ago" is performed by the Jolly Rogers
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"A Hundred Years Ago"  (sometimes called "Tis Time for Us to Go") is a halyard shanty which is related to A Long Time Ago.   Hugill (author of Shanties of the Seven Seas) believes that this is the shanty mentioned by Dana (Two Years Before the Mast) which he calls "Time for Us to Go", although it is possible that he may have been referring to a version of "Leave Her, Johnny, Leave Her", often called Time for Us to Go.

Chorus variants:       

     First----Oho, yes, oho!
                  Oh, yes, oh!
                  Oh, aye, oh!

     Second--A hundred years ago.
                   'Tis time for us to go.
                    Oh, time for us to go.

 "This shanty has two main tunes, both equal favorites at halyards.  The first I had from an English sailor, the second I learnt   in the States.  It was sung mainly at t'gallant halyards." (Hugill)

Oh, a hundred years on the Eastern Shore
Oh, yes, oh!
A hundred years on the Eastern Shore
A hundred years ago! 

Ol' Bully John from Baltimore
I knew him well, that son-of-a-whore 

Ol' Bully John was the boy for me
A bully on shore and a bucko at sea

Ol' Bully John I knew him well
But now he'd dead and gone to hell.

Oh were you ever in Liverpool?
In Liverpool, that Yankee school

Oh a hundred years is a very long time
Oh a hundred years is a very long time