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A Song on the Nantucket Ladies (Charles Murphy?) Young damsels all where ever you be I pray attention give to me Some braken hints I will lay down About the girls in Sherbourn* town When eve comes on they dress up neat And go a-cruising through the streets ro see if they some beaus can find To suit their fancy and their minds Skein (?) laces long and frills so neat And bunnets worked so complete With their painted cheeks and curled hair They think to make the young men stare Their long silk gowns and sleeves so big You'd think that they had run the rig With their white kid shoes and silken hose They look like the devil in their clothes They get the beaus all for to make A corset board to make them straight They'll bind it to their waist so tight And through the streets about from morn till night Then a few false teeth they're sure to wear And foretop curls and false hair And a false heart that'll ne'er prove true We find it's so it's nothing new They go to the factory everyday And work twelve months without their pay And then all for to crown the joke Why Daniel Dusten is broke Then Henry Gardner and Peleg West When they will do their best They say that they do what is right And pay the girls every Saturday night The girls being few with such ideas Thinking their master for to please For six pense a day to work they go And then they cut a dreadful show When round Cape Horn their sweethearts go Then they must have another beau To wait two years they say they can't To wait two years they say they shan't And when their beaus they do come back Such lamentations they will make Saying no one has courted me but you my dear So come along and never fear Oh says the beaus that never do I'll never be taken in by you If you keep on you'll make me laugh You can not catch old birds with chaff But always give the devil his due There's some will wait, 'tis very true The reason it doth plainly show They cannot catch another beau This song was made around Cape Horn Where most of the young men are gone Haul down your flag cut down your staff It is all true you need not laugh Now to conclude and end my song There's women tells me I am rong (sic) But if by chance they find it's right They may sing it from morn till night From Songs the Whalemen Sang, Huntington Collected from the journal of Diana, 1819 Note: Sherbourn was the old name for Nantucket village. I have no idea whether this is an expansion of Round Cape Horn, or Round Cape Horn is an editing of this. Or neither. RG RG
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