The Ballard Locks, Yo Ho

(Song by: Vince Tougas¬† –¬† Performance Notes below)

Vince Tougas

Vince Tougas

LYRICS

The ships come in and the ships go out
The Ballard Locks, the Ballard Locks
Raise them up and lower them down
The Ballard the, yo ho.

20 feet up and 20 feet down
The Ballard Locks, the Ballard Locks
Seiners, trawlers and crabbers go
Through The Ballard locks yo ho.

CHORUS
And Lumbermen lumber and Whalers whale
Fishermen fish and Sailors sail
All the mariners tell their tale
And sing their songs, yo ho

From Shilshole into Union bay
The ship canal, the ship canal
The sailors navigate all the way
On the ship canal, yo ho

Rock and gravel and wood and coal
The ship canal, the ship canal
To build our cities and make them grow
Through the ship canal, yo ho.

CHORUS

Salmon come and salmon go
The ship canal, the ship canal
Chinook, and Sockeye, and silver Coho
Up the ship canal they go.

They lay their eggs and spawn up stream
The ship canal, the ship canal
Then smolt come out in the early spring
Through the ship canal, yo ho.

CHORUS

The ships come in and the ships go out
The Ballard Locks, the Ballard Locks.
Raise them up and lower them down
The Ballard the, yo ho.

20 feet up and 20 feet down
The Ballard Locks, the Ballard Locks
Barges, Freighters, and tour boats go
Through The Ballard Locks, yo ho.

CHORUS



PERFORMANCE NOTES

  • Words and music by Vince Tougas
  • Performed by:
    • Vince Tougas (lead vocals, guitar)
    • Chris Kelly (lead guitar, background vocals)
    • Rob Kneisler (banjo, background vocals)
    • Chris Glanister (penny whistle, drum)
    • Samantha Kelly (background vocals)
    • Ariana Williams (background vocals)
  • Recorded at Jack Straw Cultural Center

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