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Posted: February 7th. 2007 2:48:05 AM
Drunken Sailor, Traditional
Age Group: Adult
'Way, hay, an' up she ris-es! Pat-ent blocks o' diff'rent siz-es,
'Way, hay, an' up she ris-es! Ear-lye in the morn-in'!
What shall we do wi' a drunk-en sail-or? What shall we do wi' a drunk-en sail-or?
What shall we do wi' a drunk-en sail-or? Ear-lye in the morn-in'!
2. Put him in the long-boat, till he gets sober.
3. Keep him there an' make him bale her.
4. Trice him up in a runnin' bowline.
5. Tie him to the taffrail when she's yardarm under.
6. Put him in the scuppers with a hawse-pipe on him
7. Take him, an' shake him, an' try an' wake him.
8. What'll we do with a Limejuice skipper?
9. Soak him in oil till he sprouts a flipper.
10. Scrape the hair off his chest with a hoop-iron razor.
11. What shall we do with a drunken soldier?
12. Put him in the barrack-room till he gets sober.
13. Put him in bed with the Captains daughter
14. Give 'im a taste of the captain's daughter.
15. Make him sleep with the captain's daughter.
*the "captain's daughter" is the cat o'nine tails
16. Put 'im in the cabin with the captain's daughter
17. You ain't seen the Cap'n's Daughter...
18. There she goes, swingin' through the rigging...
19. Looks just like an orangutang......Earlie in the mornin'!
20. Give him a dose of salt and water...
21. Shave his belly with a rusty razor...
22. Give 'im a dose of salt and water.
23. Give 'im a taste of the bosun's rope-end.
24. Stick on 'is back a mustard plaster.
25. Put him in the guard room till he gets sober.
26. Put 'im in the bilge an make 'im drink it.
27. Temperance lectures will never save him
28. Give the hair of the dog what bite 'em
29. But you ain't SEEN the dog what bite 'em
30. Better looking than the Captain's Daughter!"
31. Make 'im kiss the gunner's daughter
** the "gunner's daughter" is being tied to the barrel
of the cannon while they fire it four or five times.
32. Shove a lobster down his britches.
33. Shave his back and knit a sweater
34. Tie 'im to an anchor an' heave him over
35. Set him polishing up the brasswork
36. Lock him in a room full of bagpipe music!
37. Make him skipper of an Exxon tanker, x2
**Course to this verse only:
Way, hey ... she's on a reef now
Way, hey ... she's on a reef now
Way, hey ... she's leaking oil now, early in the morning
These last two were added on Mar 4/99
additional verses to "Drunken Sailor" pick and choose or throw them all away.... *g*
38. Make him sing the 'Brady Bunch Song'
39. Make him drink a double esspresso
40. Make him drink five year old coffee ... they saved it just for him
41. Give him the Chinese water torture
42. Make him drink the bathing water .... after bathing is done.
43. Promote him to administration
44. Set him to a cooking supper ... we're having S.O.S.!!
45. Tie him down as rat bait now
46. Teach him how to go snipe hunting
47. Send him off to trucking school ...But don't let him cross a railroad
48. Keel haul'm on the bow now soldier.... haul'm out when he is sober...
49. Feed'm yesterdays gruel for breakfast
50. Feed him only hot-dogs now.... when he's done, then tell 'm what's in them
51. Feed him baby food, then burp him
52. Give him ex-lax in hot cocoa.... he can't drink if he's sh***ing all day
53. let him clean 'the head' now soldier
Jeff, Anne, Michael and Melissa!
Martin (email@example.com) wrote:
Drunken sailor is like my favorite song of all time. A couple of verses a local rish group play around here are:
"Put him in the bed with Margaret Thatcher,
Put him in the bed with Margaret Thatcher,
Put him in the bed with Margaret Thatcher, erlye in the mornin".
"Oh by God what an ugly women, Oh by God what an ugly women,
Oh by God what an ugly women, erlye in the mornin".
If you know any more verses, drop me a note. Bawdy lines accepted!
Author's Notes: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Although nowadays very well known, this shanty was only used in ships with very large crews, when it was possible to grasp a halyard and stamp away up the deck, the sail steadily ascending the mast, with all hands roaring out the song in unison. It is one of the oldest known Anglo-Saxon shanties, having been sung in the Indiamen of the Honorable John Company. It appears with music in Incidents of a Whaling Voyage (1839) by Olmstead. The tune is from a traditional Irish air.
It was one of the very few work songs permitted in the smaller ships of the "King's Navee." In merchant ships of later years, with small crews, its usage was confined to the job of going "'bout ship" when the braces would be manned and stamped away with, or when hoisting light sails hand over hand; in this latter chore only the chorus would be sung.
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