Deep Blue Sea


The Weavers practically invented the folk revival. It was a communist plot you know.

This song was recorded by a few folksingers in the 1960's such as Pete Seeger, Odetta, Chad Mitchel and the Weavers. I'm especially fond of Odetta's performance. I heard her sing it when I must have been thirteen years old and it has stayed with me ever since.

Although these lyrics float through many traditional songs nobody seems to remember where this song came from. The earliest known recording is Pete Seeger's. According to the liner notes, Pete speculated that, "Like many an American song, this seems to have been built out of a fragment of an old English ballad or sea song." Pete and others have noticed that the gentle rocking of the melody suggests West Indian origins. The last verse, from the Weavers, has Pete's finger prints all over it.

Lyrics: 

Deep blue sea, baby, deep blue sea
Deep blue sea, baby, deep blue sea
Deep blue sea, baby, deep blue sea
It was Willy what got drownded
In the deep blue sea

Dig his grave with a silver spade
Dig his grave with a silver spade
Dig his grave with a silver spade
It was Willy what got drownded
In the deep blue sea

Lower him down with a golden chain
Lower him down with a golden chain
Lower him down with a golden chain
it was Willy what got drownded
In the deep blue sea

Golden Sun bring him back to me
Golden Sun bring him back to me
Golden Sun bring him back to me
Won’t you bring my Willy home from the deep blue sea

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Tuning: 
C Standard