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This Dreadful Life I'm Livin' (Kevin Brown) cho: I have sailed across the ocean, I have rolled upon the sea, And this dreadful life I'm livin' Is just the life for me. When I was just a young man I left my family Went out upon the ragin' main, To serve Amerikee. But when the fight was over, I found I needed more, I signed on board a packet ship, Bound for some distant shore. cho: I went down to a native bar, When we pulled into port, Got drinkin' ale and whiskey, 'Til I was drunk and poor. When I awoke, beside me, Lay a girl I didn't know, Just proves that demon whiskey Can lay a sailor low. cho: It's haulin sail and line, me boys, And pushin' capstan 'round; It's workin' pumps and windlass, And prayin' for that sound. The sound of the bosun callin', To send us all below, To end the pain of every day, A sailor's come to know. cho: As we sailed into Bank Street Of New London's whalin' port I heard the music playin' And the dancin' on the wharf. The people there was happy 'Cause our ship was comin' in, And friends and their relations Would not go to sea again. cho: But when the mighty ocean tells you With a piece of broken deck That life on land's not half as bad, As livin' through a wreck So I'll be goin' home, me boys, To the friends I used to know, And hoist a jar to every man Who has the urge to roam. last cho: I have sailed across the ocean, I have rolled upon the sea, And this dreadful life I used to live Is not the life for me. JR
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