Josiah's Shantee

The following is a sea shantee sung by black galley slaves in my upcoming serial publication "Westward Bound." I've had trouble all my days, All my days, trouble has me, I've had trouble all my days, O! Trouble has me.

I work the galley every day, Every day, the galley works me, I work the galley every day, O! The galley works me.

My woman left on the railroad, On the railroad, my woman left me, My woman left on the railroad, O! My woman left me.

I work the galley every day, Every day, the galley works me.

I've had trouble all my days, All my days, trouble has me.

O! I've had trouble all my days.