Blow the man down


As I was out walkin’ down Paradise street,
To me way, hey, blow the man down!
A pretty young damsel I chanced for to meet,
Give me some time to blow the man down!
She was round in the counter and bluff in the bow
So I took in all sail and cried “way enough now”

I hailed her in English, she answered me clear
“I’m from the Black Arrow bound to the Shakespeare”

So I tailed her my flipper and took her in tow
And yard-arm to yard-arm, away we did go

But as we were a-going she said unto me
“There’s a spankin’ full rigger just ready for sea”

That spankin’ full rigger to New York was bound
She was very well mannered and very well found

But as soon as that packet was clear of the bar
The mate knocked me down with the end of a spar

As soon as that packet was out on the sea
‘Twas devilish hard treatment of every degree

So I give you fair warning before we belay
Don’t never take heed of what pretty girls say

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