All For Me Grog

Traditional c. 1904 | Roud 475, Ballad Index K274

And it’s all for me grog, me jolly, jolly grog
All for me beer and tobacco
For I spent all me tin
On the lassies drinking gin
Far across the western ocean I must wander

Where are me boots, me noggin’, noggin’ boots
They’re gone for beer and tobacco
For the heels they are worn out
And the toes are kicked about
And the soles are looking out for better weather

And it’s all for me grog, me jolly, jolly grog
All for me beer and tobacco
For I spent all me tin
On the lassies drinking gin
Far across the western ocean I must wander

Where is me shirt, me noggin’, noggin’ shirt
It’s all gone for beer and tobacco
For the collar is all worn
And the sleeves they are all torn
And the tail is looking out for better weather

And it’s all for me grog, me jolly, jolly grog
All for me beer and tobacco
For I spent all me tin
On the lassies drinking gin
Far across the western ocean I must wander

Where is me bed, me noggin’, noggin’ bed
Gone for the beer and tobacco
The springs they got the twirls
So I sold it to the girls
And the sheets are looking out for better weather

And it’s all for me grog, me jolly, jolly grog
All for me beer and tobacco
For I spent all me tin
On the lassies drinking gin
Far across the western ocean I must wander

Where is me wife, me noggin’, noggin’ wife
She’s gone for the beer and tobacco
The door she walked out
For me love of the stout
And I’m sure she’s looking out for better weather

And it’s all for me grog, me jolly, jolly grog
All for me beer and tobacco
For I spent all me tin
On the lassies drinking gin
Far across the western ocean I must wander

I’m sick in the head and I haven’t been to bed
Since I came ashore with me plunder
I’ve seen centipedes and snakes
And I’m full of pains and aches
And I’ll have to make a path for way out yonder

And it’s all for me grog, me jolly, jolly grog
All for me beer and tobacco
For I spent all me tin
On the lassies drinking gin
Far across the western ocean I must wander

And it’s all for me grog, me jolly, jolly grog
All for me beer and tobacco
For I spent all me tin
On the lassies drinking gin
Far across the western ocean I must wander

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About the Song:

“All For Me Grog” is an English drinking song, long drag (or halyard) shanty, and capstan (or windlass) shanty first collected by Cecil James Sharp from Louie Hooper of Somerset, England in 1904. Grog is watered down rum that was introduced to the British Navy commanded by Vice-Admiral Edward Vernon. A long drag shanty was used to accompany jobs that required heavy labor over an extended period of time such as raising or lowering a heavy sail. A capstan shanty is a type of sea shanty written to accompany jobs with regular rhythmic patterns like raising an anchor. According to Mike Yates, “it was a custom in southern English pubs to perform All for the Grog as an ‘action’ song: the singer removing his clothes as the song progressed!”

Other common names include Across the Western Ocean, ‘Noggin Boots, All Through the Beer, and Good Brown Ale and Tobacco.

There is also an Australian variant of this song called “Across the Western Plains” (AFS 2). It was first printed in the Bulletin in May of 1916.