Colcord (Roll and Go) gives only the first version of this, and other, "negro
shanties", which seem to have originated in stowing cotton, but proved
useful aboard ships as well.
O I say my Mammy Dinah,What is the matter?Ch: Sing Sally O; Fol-lol-de-day O hurrah hurrah!Ch: My Mammy Dinah, Sing Sally O; Fol-lol-de-day
O have you heard the news to-day?For we are homeward bound.