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The Rambling Sailor l am a sailor stout and bold, Long time I have ploughed the ocean To fight for my king and country too, For honour and promotion. I said: "Brother sailors I will bid you adieu. I will go no more to the seas with you, I will travel the country through and through, And still be a rambling sailor." When I came to Greenwich town There were lasses plenty! I boldly stepped up to one To court her for her beauty. I said: "My dear, be of good cheer. I will not leave, you need not fear, I will travel the country through and through, And still be a rambling sailor." When I came to Woolwich town, There were lasses plenty. I boldly stepped up to one To court her for her money. I said: "My dear, what do you choose? There's ale and wine and rum punch too, Besides a pair of new silk shoes To travel with a rambling sailor." When I awoke all in the morn I left my love a-sleeping. I left her for an hour or two Whilst I go courting some other; But if she stays till I return She may stay there till the day of doom. I'll court some other girl in her room, And still be a rambling sailor. And if you want to know my name, My name it is young Johnson. I have got a commission from the king To court all girls that are handsome. With my false heart and flattering tongue I court all girls both old and young; l court them all and marry none, And still be a rambling sailor. Note: a completely different slant from that in Killen's version From Oxford Book of Sea Songs, Palmer RG
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