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Blow the Man Down (2) I'm a blue water sailor just back from Hong Kong Way, hey, blow the man down If you give me some whiskey I'll sing you a song Give us some time to blow the man down As I was a-walkin' down Paradise Street A dashing young damsel I chanced for to meet She was round in the counter and bluff in the bow So I took in all sail and cried, "Way enough now." I hailed her in English and I hailed her all round I hauled up alongside and asked where she was bound She said to me, "Sir, will you stand a treat?" "Delighted," says I, "For a charmer so sweet." So I tailed her my flipper and took her in tow And yard-arm to yard-arm away we did go It was up in her quarters she piped me aboard And there on her bed I cut loose with my sword Ah, but just as my cutter was forging ahead She shouted, "My husband!" and jumped out of bed He was seven feet tall, had a chest like a horse A straight for my jawbone he plotted his course He loosened my rigging, he kicked in my stays I flew down the stairs like a ship on the ways I chanced on a packet that happened on by And when I awoke I was bound for Shanghai So come all you young laddies that follow the sea Don't never take heed of what pretty girls say. SOURCE: Bob Pfeffer SOURCE'S SOURCE: Garrett Warner (also recorded Oscar Brand) RPf
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