Only Seventeen I was only seventeen When first I went to sea, I was shipwrecked off the coast of France, And just by chance A woman in a boat Grabbed me by the coat And pulled me on the shore to dry. Then much to my distress She started to undress A map of Bonny Scotland Tattooed across her chest And further down To my surprise, I saw the spot where Nelson lost an eye. There was a map of the Portuguese Tattooed across her knees Japan and Singapore upon her thigh Away up high I was looking for Hong Kong When her old man came along So I let the rest of the world go by. tune: Let the Rest of the World Go By From memory, the singing of David Jones and "Grey Funnel Lines", Tawney RG RG
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