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A Drop O'Nelson's Blood (Digital PDF)

Voicing: SATB, SAB, or TTBB, and piano

Duration: 2' 53"


A rumbustious setting of a traditional English sea song. "A drop o' Nelson's blood wouldn't do us any harm" - (Nelson's blood is rum). The rollicking piano part gives this song an unstoppable momentum and the interpolated shouts of "Heave" "T'me" remind us that this was a shipboard work song.


See also: the set of 8 shanties, also called A Drop O' Nelson's Blood, under Large-scale works. A one-day workshop on this work is available - see the Workshops tab.

A Drop O'Nelson's Blood (Digital PDF)

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