The Longest Johns Lyrics

There once was a ship that put to sea
And the name of that ship was the Billy o' Tea
The winds blew hard, her bow dipped down
Blow, me bully boys, blow (huh)

Soon may the Wellerman come
To bring us sugar and tea and rum
One day, when the tonguing is done
We'll take our leave and go
She had not been two weeks from shore
When down on her a right whale bore
The captain called all hands and swore
He'd take that whale in tow (huh)

Soon may the Wellerman come
To bring us sugar and tea and rum
One day, when the tonguing is done
We'll take our leave and go

Before the boat had hit the water
The whale's tail came up and caught her
All hands to the side, harpooned and fought her
When she dived down below (huh)

Soon may the Wellerman come
To bring us sugar and tea and rum
One day, when the tonguing is done
We'll take our leave and go

No line was cut, no whale was freed
An' the captain's mind was not on greed
But he belonged to the Whaleman's creed
She took that ship in tow (huh)

Soon may the Wellerman come
To bring us sugar and tea and rum
One day, when the tonguing is done
We'll take our leave and go

For forty days or even more (ooh)
The line went slack then tight once more
All boats were lost, there were only four
And still that whale did go

Soon may the Wellerman come
To bring us sugar and tea and rum
One day, when the tonguing is done
We'll take our leave and go

As far as I've heard, the fight's still on
The line's not cut, and the whale's not gone
The Wellerman makes his regular call
To encourage the captain, crew and all

Soon may the Wellerman come
To bring us sugar and tea and rum
One day, when the tonguing is done
We'll take our leave and go

Soon may the Wellerman come
To bring us sugar and tea and rum
One day, when the tonguing is done
We'll take our leave and go

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Teresa W

Part two (of two) of my Wellerman music video / other Longest Johns notes comment:

I've seen about an hour and a half of the LJ's Sea of Thieves stream with Rob Raven from March 29th, and wow.. I still can't get over how magical that entire week of SOT streams was, Le Sigh <3 Monday the 29th's stream started with the cutest seated dance from Dave that I've seen yet, and Dave looking at doggos on the buy menu (and calling them "The Goodest Boys", aww!! <3 ) as well as how cute he was about the "Dave is always a catch" hashtag, including saying to get it trending - believe me, if I could, I happily would!! ;) <3 (And I feel like JD would love that, as well, because he immediately mentioned the hashtag again when he saw it in chat, and he was being sweet about it, as always, aww.. I just adore how much he seems to enjoy people posting it in chat!!!!! :D JD was also ever so charming calling Dave "Handsome Dave" again, as well, on this stream, sigh.. I love that so much!! :D )

I also adored it when JD said "I thought I'd come over here and say hello to all of you privately first" and Dave was all "Ooh, private" in this cute way, ooh ;) <3 Part of the reason why I've missed Andy on the SOT streams so much is because of his cute reactions to JD saying things like that (or to JD doing glorious things with his voice) and I love that Dave's been doing more and more of both things lately, because it makes the streams even more wonderful!!!!!!! <3 <3 <3

LOL, Rob was so cute about thinking that JD has one of the coolest names ever, talking about how close it is to Tenacious D and how he wondered whether JD had ever been to a party where someone asked to be passed the Jack Daniels (JD), imagining someone picking JD up and carrying him across the room, bwah!! Obviously, that would be rather difficult what with JD being so tall, as he said - and that lead into the most hilarious conversation - Dave: "You know that weight lifter part you went to recently? With the big strong men" JD: "Ah yes, of course! Where all of the big strong men picked me up and bench pressed me" - bwah!!!!!!! :D That was one of the funniest mental images I've had in months, lol!! :D (I knew that I was going to enjoy Rob Raven on this stream the instant he joked about the weight lifters being all oiled up after JD & Dave said the above, btw ;) <3 I felt like I was watching the Yogscast for a moment, as that's so the sort of phrase that Lewis always liked to say years ago and that I used to gush to him about endlessly, lol ;) <3 )

JD never fails to make me die happy during various songs on the SOT streams lately, as well, happy sigh <3 <3 <3 Even in the midst of battle, he managed to keep making these really cute eye looks, ooh.. I just can't get over those beyond adorable expressions of JD's, and I'll never tire of seeing it!!!!!!! <3 <3 <3 :)

Not to mention how adorably JD just completely lit up when Rob was talking about DADGAD, aww.. he made the cutest looks numerous times during their conversation about it, oh my gosh!!! <3 :)

I loooved it when Dave had his pirate basically laying inside a keg doing the legs kicking up laugh emote, because Dave's voice when he said "He's a machine - more keg than man!" was so close to sounding like his epic narrator voice from the end of Bonny Ship The Diamond, oh my ;) <3 That voice gets me *every single time*, oh sigh <3 <3 <3 ;)

You may already know from an earlier post of mine that I'd semi-guessed from reading chat that Dave was the one talking about Tinder on this stream ;) <3 The funniest thing is that Rob asked how the Longest Johns met and Dave joked that they all met on Tinder, just after I'd heard Andy make basically the same exact joke on an old stream ;) <3 I still never would've expected Dave to say such a gloriously romantic thing in response to that question, oh my word.. you have NO idea how much it made my entire WEEK <3 <3 <3 And Rob was so cute about it, too - Rob: "I like long walks on the beach, and I play guitar.. oh! I like long walks on the beach, and I play the banjo!" - bwah!! I can only imagine that that's how the LJ's meeting on Tinder might have gone ;) <3

I about died when I saw that JD winked on the March 29th stream, as well, omg - when Rob was explaining the game show rules to the crew they ran into (about how he was going to hide some treasure for them to find) JD gave the cutest wink to the cmera, Le Sigh.. oh, my heart!!! Winking is such life for me - I still can't get over all the winking JD did on the Wellermania stream last Wednesday - I honestly felt like I'd died and gone to heaven after watching JD on that stream <*starry eyed happy look of pure joy*> <3 <3 <3 :)

Speaking of heavenly, I never expected the pure magic of JD & Rob's rowboat ride - the instant that Rob said "It's just me and thee", JD turned things incredibly romantic, Le Sigh - JD: "We'll have a romantic rowboat ride - imagine there's swans", ooh <3 <3 <3 JD's happy face when Rob started singing "Oh, JD" to the tune of Barry Manilow's "Mandy" was priceless, as well, aww!! <3 :) (I hope the LJ's get a chance to stream with Rob again someday, aww.. within an hour and a half he's already been basically my favorite guest ;) <3 He was immediately happy to play along with whatever was going on, be it romantic or flirty - and he did it in such a glorious way, as well - and you could already guess how much I adored that about him!! <3 <3 <3 )

As much as I love the romance (honestly, I often crave it more than anything <3 <3 <3 ) I have to admit that it was JD's reaction to Rob playing the flirty tune (the 'bow bow bowwww' music that JD had also cutely sung his own version of before Rob played it <3 ) that killed me the MOST - imagine JD's deepest flirty voice: "Ahh yeah.. it's rowboat time! Do you like my.. oars?" <*giggles*> Oh, my word.. Oh, JD <*dies happy a million times over*> <3 <3 <3 Seriously, I did not yet know just how poignantly true my words were in a recent post when I agreed with Kharites statement that JD's bass voice totally changes the meaning of things, because I hadn't heard the above yet ;) <3 Seriously - reading the above as text, you'd have NO idea how much meaning JD put into every single syllable of what he said - you had to hear his voice to understand how truly and utterly glorious it was ;) <3 (And.. the innuendo, oh my *word*, I am dead.. I mean, I don't even really feel as if I know exactly what JD was implying, but the fact that he was implying ANYthing flirty made me die happy, anyway - that's all I really need ;) I don't necessarily need to hear something specific - just a flirty vibe is enough for me, and that was the flirtiest vibe EVER ;) <3 <3 <3 )

I'm still in heaven thanks to the above, btw - I just can't get over these past few weeks of my life and how incredibly magical things have felt, happy sigh <3 <3 <3 Moments like the above are why I still write for fave entertainers after 15+ years, and why writing for people who enjoy it is the only thing I crave in life - JD makes me feel so special about writing, and that makes putting hours and hours into these posts more than worth it, whether any of the other LJ's read what I write or not - even though i still hope with all my heart that they do, and even though I still get a lot more nervous and stressed about facing them and wondering whether they enjoy my posts or not than I wish I did, aww. i put myself through a lot of depression and stress over whether the people who I write for read my posts and enjoy what I write or not.. writing can be incredibly rough on my anxiety, and I can't say enough about how much JD being so incredibly clear about appreciating my posts means to my life, aww ;_; <3 <3 <3 (And the fact that JD's been so kind on a consistent basis, as well, because oh how I need that!! <3 I get depressed so quickly when I feel forgotten, because writing for favorites and having their kindness about my words really is just about all I have in my life, and it's defintely the one truly happy part of my life, aww ;_; ) JD is just heaven sent, seriously ;_; <3 <3 <3 He WAS the reason why I started watching the Longest Johns more, as you may remember - and believe me, i don't regret it for a single second ;) <3

Also, I didn't have room to say this last time because of Youtube's comment length limitations, but I wanted to mention in my Wellermania stream comment a few days ago that I put my Dun-Johns & Dragons episode 0 notes on the Raise a Wreck shanty short video because i didn't have a new video to comment on at the time - all of my notes are also at my blog, of course, but I just wanted to make sure that the LJ's don't miss anything, aww! <3 And I especially hope that JD caught my D&D post, because it had so much to do with his wonderfulness, aww!!! <3 <3 <3 :) And please know that I can't wait to find out what kind of character Andy chose for D&D - I'm considering several streams this next week as being my birthday streams because of Saturday (April 17th <3 ) being my birthday ;) <3 And even though Sunday the 18th is technically a day after my birthday, I'm still considering it a birthday stream because of D&D and Andy hopefully joining for the first time :D (To be honest, though, I feel more like Wednesday is actually my birthday than Saturday - that's how much the monthly LJ's Youtube music stream means to me, aww <3 <3 <3 )

Please don't miss part one of my comment in another part of this comment section! <3

P.S. I won't be back to check on any of my Youtube comments to see any likes or comments - my severe social anxiety won't allow me to do so - apologies! (Also, all of my notes written specially for the LJ's can be found at longestjohnsnotes dot tumblr dot com <3 )

All comments from YouTube:

The Longest Johns

Don’t forget to check back next week for the live stream on Weds and the release of the over 6000 singer strong Community Project on Friday!

Minh Tien Pham

Johny Depp Songs bettter

Jason Noguera


Marcus H

Get a medical fine ship and put the 6000 singers on it, and sing wellerman, (accurate to medieval time ships.)

Ryan Boonstra


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Nobody had the heart to tell JD that a D20 isn't legal in regulation Snakes & Ladders.
Fantastic video lads! What a fun shoot this must've been.
And personally I'm imagining Anna singing her part just off-camera 😉


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Priyal Patel

Pix you should do a collab with zloy, joel duggan, xisuma ( idk he seemed the most british) and grian and mumbo and recreate this in minecraft

Man of Truth

Pirates don’t play by rules!

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