I was broke and out of a job in the city of London,|
I went down to Shadwell Docks to get a ship.
Paddy get back, take in the slack!
Heave away the capstan, heave a pawl! heave a pawl!
'Bout ship and stations and be handy,
Rise tacks and sheets and mains'l haul!
2. There was a Yankee ship a-laying in the basin,
3. If I ever lay my hands on that shipping master,
4. When the pilot left the ship 'way down the Channel,
5. The mate and the second mate belonged in Boston,
6. The three of them were rough-and-tumble fighters,|
When not fighting amongst themselves they turned on us.
7. They called us out one night to reef the topsails,
8. And we came on deck and went to set the topsails,
9. We are tinkers, we are tailors, and the fireman also cooks,
10. Wasn't that a bunch of hoodlums,
'Twas a cold an' dreary mornin' in December, December|
An' all of me money it was spent, Spent, spent
Where it went to, Lord I can't remember, Remember
So down to the shipping office went, Went, went
Paddy lay back, Paddy lay back
Take in yer slack, take in yer slack
Take a turn around yer capstan, have a pawl, have a pawl
'Bout ship, stations, boys, be handy, be handy
For we're bound for Valparaiser 'round the Horn!
2. That day was a great demand for sailors, For sailors
3. I woke up in the morin' sick an' sore, Sore|
An' I knew I was outward bound again, Bound again
When I heard a voice a-bawlin' at the door, The door
"Lay aft, men, an' answer to yer names !", Names, names
4. I knew that in my box I had a bottle, A bottle
5. So down upon me knees I went like thunder, Thunder