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Some Old Salty

[Lal Waterson, Oliver Knight]

Sung by Lal Waterson, Maria Gilhooley, Norma Waterson, Jim Boyes, Barry Coope, Lester Simpson, and Oliver Knight. on the album Once in a Blue Moon and on the Topic Records sampler English Originals.

Cover Versions

  1. A live version of Some Old Salty sung at Cropredy 1999 by Maddy Prior, Jacqui McShee, Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg and Chris Leslie is on Cropredy—The Best and the Guests, the bonus CD of Free Reed's Fairport unConventioNal 4 CD set,
  2. Salt Fare, North Sea on Chumbawamba's album Readymades (2002) has a vocal sample of Lal Waterson and Oliver Knight from Some Old Salty,
  3. Jo Freya's Lal Waterson Project, Lal (2007),
  4. Simpson · Cutting · Kerr, Murmurs (2015)


Chorus (repeated after each verse):
Some old salty, how he used to rock me.
Jelly Roll1 or Jerry Lee2, how he used to rock me.

Salt fare, North Sea,
Weird stare. Further than the eye can see.
He had a head like a toy shop, bow legged stance off,
Must have been the rolling sea.

Hull Fair waltzers, bopping to Brenda Lee.
River boat jazz cruise, jiving to the Two-Nineteen3.

Down there for dancing, come on Mr Chester please.
Play “Deliah's gone” for one more round, some old salty's on his feet.

(Repeat first verse)

Down “The Abercrombie”

1 Jelly Roll Morton (1985-1941), 2 Jerry Lee Lewis (1935-), 3 2:19 Blues by Mamie Desdume


See also the Mudcat Café thread Origin: Some Old Salty - Dance Remix.