Treasure Island Sea Shanty

Hi Ken!

What an honor to ask you a question! Thanks so much for this option... I am working on Colorado Shakespeare Festival's production of "Treasure Island" this summer. I am so excited to be working on your adaptation- what a wonderful piece! I have been asked to track down some music for the show and for the life of me I can't get my hands on the song that is sung at various points with lyrics that go, "the young lad and the sea," and I was wondering if you could tell me the title of that song, or where you found it to include it in your work? I am trying so hard to find that song to get the music down for "Treasure Island" this summer, but I can't seem to find that song!

I would appreciate your help so much!

Thanks again!

Ken replies:

I was very glad to hear of Colorado Shakespeare Festival's production of Treasure Island this summer. I wish I were going to be out there to see it.

In answer to your question about the song, I wrote the lyrics myself. In most cases, theatres have asked a local composer write the music. It's meant to be a good strong sea shanty of the kind that these men would sing in the taverns at the time and should sound as if it's a well-know English folk song. It's not meant to be at all esoteric.

I hope this helps. Please let me know how it all goes.

Kind regards,


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