Drunken Sailor

Words & Music:

Traditional

 

Am

What shall we do with a drunken sailor?

G

What shall we do with a drunken sailor?

Am

What shall we do with a drunken sailor?

G              Am

Ear-lye in the mornin'?

 

CHORUS:

Way, hey, an' up she rises!  Way, hey, an' up she rises!

Way, hey, an' up she rises!  Ear-lye in the morning.

 

Put him in the longboat 'til he's sober.

Put him in the longboat 'til he's sober.

Put him in the longboat 'til he's sober.

Earl-eye in the morning.

 

CHORUS:

 

Now, pick and chose amongst the many verses of this song which you would like to sing!

 

  Keel haul him until he's sober.

  Keep him there and make him bail 'er.

  Give him a dose of salt and water.

  Shave his belly with a rusty razor.

  Trice him up in a runnin' bowline.

  Tie him to the taffrail when she's yard-arm under.

  Put him in the scuppers with a hose-pipe on him.

  Take 'im and shake 'im and try an' wake 'im.

  Give 'im a taste of the bosun's rope-end.

  Stick on 'is back a mustard plaster.

  Soak 'im in oil till he sprouts a flipper.

  Put him in the guard room till he gets sober.

  Put him in bed with the captain's daughter.

• ‘Cause, she looks like an orangutan,

  There she goes, swinging through the rigging,

 

Or make up your own!  The final verse should always be a reprise of the first verse with no chorus after it.





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