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Santy Anno – Odetta

04/09/2010
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I like the way Americans add “o” at the end of a word to make it more rhymeable. This is another example of this procedure, after Ox-Driver Song. Anybody knows any more songs containing “o”‘s? :P

Capo on the 1st fret.

Opening riff:
D------0-2-0---------|
A-0--3--------3-2-0--|

      Am                            C    G
We're sailin' 'cross the river from Liverpool
      Em    Am        G
Heave away,     Santy Anno
 G                          Em
'Round Cape Horn to 'Frisco Bay,
     Am     G   Am
'Way out in Californio

So, heave her up and away we'll go
Heave away, Santy Anno
Heave her up and away we'll go
'Way out in Californio

There's plenty of gold, so I've been told
Heave away, Santy Anno
Plenty of gold, so I've been told
'Way out in Californio

So, heave her up and away we'll go
Heave away, Santy Anno
Heave her up and away we'll go
'Way out in Californio

Back in the days of forty-nine
Heave away, Santy Anno
Back in the days of the good old times
'Way out in Californio

So, heave her up and away we'll go
Heave away, Santy Anno
Heave her up and away we'll go
'Way out in Californio

repeat the opening riff

Transcribed by Dawidsu (Dave)
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3 Comments leave one →
  1. 05/07/2012 11:16

    “Californio” = California, oh

  2. Aaron permalink
    05/25/2013 03:44

    The song isn’t American. It’s a British naval song about Santa Anna of Mexico who stood against the Americans. Many British sailors fought for Mexico inboard man o war ships

    Not to call you out but thought you should know

    • 06/12/2013 11:31

      Thanks, that’s interesting information. But was the “o” in “Californi-o” always there, or is it an American invention?

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