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Leather-Headed Songsters cho: You leather-headed songsters who will mutilate the song (2x) You sailor laddies great and small I pray you lend an ear Attention pay and you straightaway A tale of truth shall hear, About those louts who we despise Correct us if we're wrong You leather etc. They do not care for meter They do not care for rhyme A song they'll slash and fiercely dash We've heard it manys the time One line short full it sadly limps The other steps too long You leather etc. It is the jolly sailor man Who does delight to sing He'll pick his choice and with his voice The welkin make to ring; But though one sad voice Be loud or harsh It generally is strong You leather etc. And when his voice is out With lofty whoops and howls, You wolves would swear And, yes, declare Around your shack it prowls. Such once one never could believe To mortal did belong, You leather etc. Sometimes it is a song of love Sometimes a song marine Or a song of war bedaubed with gore Or maybe, song of sea. But as a rule 'Tis of a maid Subjected unto wrong You leather etc. So you songsters all Both great and small Who essay us to charm, Even though your yells be worse then knells We wish to you no harm; But Hades blight we boldly lay And lay it on full strong On you etc. Heard from Dick Swain From Minstrelsy of Maine RG
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