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Blow the Man Down (5) Come all you young fellows that follows the sea To me way, hay, blow the man down! Now please pay attention and listen to me Give me some time to blow the man down I'm a deep water sailor just come from Hong Kong If you give me some whisky, I'll sing you a song On a trim Black Ball liner, I first served me time On a trim Black ball liner, I wasted me prime When a trim Black Ball liner's preparing for sea You'd split your sides laughing, such sights you would see Well, there's tinkers and tailors, shoemakers and all They're all shipped for sailors on board the Black Ball When a big Black Ball liner's a-leaving her dock The boys and the girls on the pierhead do flock Now when the big liner is clear of the land Our bos'un he roars out the word of command "Come quickly lay aft to the break of the poop Or I'll help you along with the toe of me boot!" "Pay attention to orders, now you one and all For see high above you there flies the Black Ball" "'Tis larboard and starboard on deck you will sprawl For Kicking Jack Rogers commands the Black Ball!" JB
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