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|Leave her, Johnny|
"Leave her, Johnny" is a terrific song that I love belting out and now (2006) often use to finish a performance. I had always known about this song but it first took on a personal meaning after singing it for the first time together with some 50-60 professional and semi-professional folk singers to conclude the 2002 Vegesack Festival Maritim. I had the special pleasure of roaring it at the backs of the heads of my heroes, Stormalong John, Liverpool, at a distance of less than 12 inches. With me on the stage was
Nina Kreft, the only lady. We promptly took it into our repertoire and we used it to conclude my final
Ceilidh in 2003. The lyrics that we then we used and that I still use can be found in Roy Palmer's The Oxford Book of Sea Songs.
This song may be found in the Tyneside Maritime Chorus songbook
"Leave her, Johnny" has been recorded by:
Alan Mills on "Songs of the Sea" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
Various Artists on "Rogue's Gallery" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends on "Home from the Sea" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
Stan Rogers on "From Coffee House To Concert Hall" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
Starboard List on "Songs of the Tall Ships/Cruising Round Yarmouth" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
David Steele on "Chasing Shadows" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
Kimbers Men on "Shanties & Songs of the Sea"
Tom Lewis on "Poles Apart"
Various Artists on "Sea Shanties" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
Various Artists on "Revels Celebration Of Spring Summer & Fall"
Kimbers Men on "Don't Take the Heroes" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
Kimbers Men on "Kimber's Men in Port" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
Trim Rig and a Doxy on "Trim Rig And A Doxy"