4 May 2010 0 Comments

John Kanaka

I heard, I heard, the old man say,
John Kanaka-naka tu-lai-ay!
Today, today is a holiday,
John Kanaka-naka tu-lai-ay!

Tu-lai-ay, Oh! Tu-lai-ay!
John Kanaka-naka tu-lai-ay!

We’ll work tomorrow, but no work today,
We’ll work tomorrow, but no work today.

We’re bound away for ‘Frisco Bay,
We’re bound away at the break of day.

We’re bound away around Cape Horn,
We wish to Christ we’d never been born!

Oh haul, oh haul, oh haul away,
Oh haul away, an’ make yer pay

We’re a Kiwi ship with a Kiwi mate

If you stop to walk he’ll change your gate

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